FROM MEADOWS TO MEDALS The Canadian Equine Experience
Special Feature for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games—Kentucky 2010
CONTENTS Message from Our President 5 Message from Our Chief Executive Officer 6 About Equine Canada 7 Foreword from Sport Division 8 From Meadows to Medals—The Canadian Equestrian Team 10 History 11 Dressage 12 Driving 18 Endurance 20 Eventing 28 Jumping 36 Para-Dressage 44 Reining 52 Vaulting 56
Publisher Equine Canada Board and Councils 2685 Queensview Drive, Suite 100, Ottawa, ON, K2B 8K2 Canada www.equinecanada.ca
Editor Cheryl Tataryn Assistant Editor Susan Stewart Editorial Contributors Julie Cull Laurie Haughton Kalina Rutledge Susan Stewart Cheryl Tataryn Graphic Design Tracy Noonan R.G.D. www.smiling-cat.com
Non-FEI Equestrian Sports 60 Foreword from from Breeds & Industry Division 74 Animal Pedigree Act 76 Horses, Breeders and the Unique Environment of Canada 78 Celebrating Tradition 84 In Support of the Canadian Equine Industry 86 Equine Health Care and Education 90 Foreword from Recreation Division 94 Equine Canada Launches New Recreational Program 95 Historic Milestones 96 Riding the Trans Canada Trail 98 Foreword from Provinces Division 99 Regional Profiles 100
Special Thanks To: Bar U Ranch National Historic Site of Canada Betty Cooper Boehringer Ingelheim Calgary Stampede Canadian Quarter Horse Association Cealy Tetley Dave Landry Donna Wyatt Equine Canada Board Freedman’s Harness GGT Footing GPA Horse Industry Association of Alberta
Ian Millar and Millar Brooke Farm Longwood Stables Merial Canada Omega Alpha The Rider The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sharon Cooke University of Guelph—Kemptville Campus
On the cover: Photographed at Millar Brooke Farm, the bridles of our eight FEI disciplines stand as symbols of the collective strength of the Canadian equestrian experience. Photo Credit: www.betty-cooper.com
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MESSAGE FROM OUR PRSEIDENT I would like to congratulate the staff and volunteers that put this informative journal together. It is a significant contribution to equestrian sport in Canada and will provide an amazing memento for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. With the Games being held outside of Europe for the first time in history, Equine Canada will field the largest team since its inception. This is such an exciting time for equestrian sport in Canada — we are coming off of our 2008 Olympic and Paralympic performances where we were the third placed nation in the world and 2009 and 2010 have continued to build the excitement. With the appreciated support of “Own the Podium,” we have seen all of our disciplines perform at historical personal best levels this year. To add to the excitement, Eric Lamaze is currently ranked number one in the world and recently our Young Riders had unprecedented success at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships which was also held at the Kentucky Horse Park. The future will continue to be bright for the Canadian Equestrian Team. This year, Equine Canada has implemented significant new programs in the area of recreation. Approximately 75 per cent of our memberships are recreational riders. Many of them will follow the performance of our Endurance Team at WEG with great interest. We have many plans to increase access to trails in Canada, as well as create stable registry programs, equi-tourism initiatives and better communication with all demographics of our membership when it comes to equine health, welfare and disease control. Our Breeds and Industry component is also seeing increased programs. Many of the horses that you will see at WEG are Canadian bred and born (and not just competing for Canada). Canadian breed associations will have representation at the Equine Canada tradeshow booth during WEG to showcase some of the excellent horses that are being produced in this country. This year, Equine Canada significantly increased the support of equine health and welfare programs, have taken an active role in horse processing discussions, transportation standards, cross border issues and an active role with the FEI discussions of equine medications. I wish all of Canadian Team members the best of luck at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Yours very truly Michael Gallagher President, Equine Canada
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MESSAGE FROM OUR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER In many ways, 2010 marks the beginning of the era for which Equine Canada was created. As our country’s comprehensive national governing body for equestrianism, Equine Canada was envisioned as the one organisation that could unite all strands of the Canadian equestrian sector – Industry, Recreation, Regions, and Sport – in a national union that would allow us to be more than the sum of our parts, and achieve more together than we possibly could apart. Our founders certainly did not want for ambition: ours has always been the broadest mandate and the highest calling any national equestrian federation. But this is the year that we have moved most decidedly from the realm of words to that of deeds. In Sport, the World Equestrian Games are being hosted in the New World for the first time, enabling us to field the largest Canadian Equestrian Team in history. Simultaneously, our team is at the height of its powers, laurelled with its largest Olympic and Paralympic medal tally of all time, and graced with Canadians at the top of the FEI rankings for the first time in a generation.
In Industry, we have launched our most forceful efforts to defend equine welfare and establish national standards of equine care. Simultaneously, the federal government has announced that it will begin the process of instituting universal identification and tracing for the entire Canadian equine herd, arguably the single most significant change to the regulation of equine husbandry ever contemplated. In Recreation, we have begun a new partnership with the national trails federations to extend the trail system and broaden access to horses, riders, and drivers. Simultaneously, the public infrastructure programme has offered-up the largest-ever investment in those trails. In Regions, we have welcomed the Yukon as our first Territorial Association, and we have instituted the national reforms to federal-provincial relations that had been a decade in negotiation. As a result, standards of accountability and member service are higher than ever. Others play at their sports: they may play hockey, play soccer, or play baseball. But we – we are equestrians. Equestrianism defines us and who we are in a way that no simple game ever could. Our passion for the horse and the culture of horsemanship courses through our veins, and we feel it in our bones. For six thousand years, equestrians have been part of a tradition that is the source of the code, and indeed the very word, of chivalry. But for Canadian equestrians, the coming year will be, like none before, our year.
ABOUT EQUINE CANADA Equine Canada is our country’s comprehensive national governing body for equestrianism. A member-driven, not-for-profit, and charitable institution, we are the executive arm of the Canadian Equestrian Team; the national authority for domestic equestrian sport; the national voice for recreational riders; the national association for equine welfare, husbandry, and industry; and the national confederation of provincial and territorial equestrian associations. In all our spheres and in all our activities, protection of horse welfare is paramount. In international sport, we select, train, support, and deploy the Canadian Equestrian Team: the horses, riders, drivers, and vaulters who represent our country in Olympic, Paralympic and international FEI competition. In domestic sport, we set the rules, train and certify the officials, accredit the competitions and uphold the standards of horse welfare and ethical sport that are the basis of Canada’s equestrian sport system. In sport development, we provide professional education, certification and regulation of certified equestrian coaches. We also create and implement the national equestrian high performance programs, which drive technical leadership, advanced athlete development and Canadian competitive achievement.
In recreation, we test and approve instructors, publish national riding tests and standards, work in partnership with the national trails system, encourage safe public participation in horse activities and act as the voice of leisure equestrians to the Government of Canada. In industry, we serve as a forum for national breed associations tto work together, we advance horse welfare across Canada, we provide a forum for horse professionals and we promote Canadian-bred horses internationally. In our regions, we bring together Canada’s provincial and territorial equestrian associations, to foster inter jurisdictional co-operation in matters affecting the interests of horses, horse enthusiasts, horse professionals, and horse organizations. Equine Canada is recognized by the Government of Canada, and works closely with Agriculture Canada, Sport Canada, Canadian Heritage, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. We are also recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium, the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications and the Coaching Association of Canada.
Akaash Maharaj, Equine Canada, Chief Executive Officer
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Ian Millar and Big Ben
FOREWORD FROM SPORT DIVISION On behalf of the Sport Division, I wish to extend congratulations and good luck to all athletes and horse owners at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
About Equine Canada’s Sport Division
The Sport Division of Equine Canada is responsible for managing and administering all programs, services and activities of Equine Canada relating to sport.
Being named to the Canadian Equestrian Team and representing one’s country is an honour that is achieved by a select few, and the Sport Division recognizes the years of dedication, sacrifice, hard work and achievements that have culminated to this great moment.
The Division consists of representatives from all recognized Fédération Équestre Internationale (the international body governing equestrian sport) sports and those equestrian and breed sport groups competing within Equine Canada’s rule books.
The athletes and their support team will have the entire Canadian equestrian community cheering for them as they drive, ride and vault for the maple leaf in Lexington, Kentucky.
Current members include breed sports, dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, para-equestrian, vaulting, reining, saddle seat and Pony Club.
Their performances will be the inspiration and motivation to both young and seasoned equestrian enthusiasts.
Equestrian sport is unique as it is based on a partnership between horse and human athlete. Through its activities, the Sport Division works to set and maintain standards in the matter of ethics, sportsmanship, fair play, safety and the welfare of both the equine and human athletes.
Kerri McGregor Chair — Sport Council Canadian Olympic Committee Session Member — Equestrian Chef de Mission - Canadian Equestrian Team — 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Note: In the following pages, the
symbol signifies a Canadian-bred horse.
A total of 19 Canadian-bred horses have been shortlisted to the Canadian Equestrian Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Games in Kentucky.
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History Prior to 1950, Canada fielded a Military Equestrian Team. The members were chosen from the army although the team was supported largely through private sponsorship. In 1909, the first military jumping team was sent to Europe.
FROM MEADOWS TO MEDALS THE CANADIAN EQUESTRIAN TEAM
During the 1920’s Canadian teams competed regularly in international competition both in the United States and in Canada at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. In 1938, the jumping team went to Europe again. Sir Adam Beck and Sir Clifford Sifton were vital figures in the promotion and existence of these early Canadian teams. Other generous contributors to the development of the team were Major R.S. Timmins, Stuart Bate, General C.C. Mann, W.R. Ballard and Major G.T. Gayford. 1950 was the first year that the jumping team included civilian riders. Canada fielded its first Olympic Equestrian Team in 1952 at the Helsinki Olympics in the Three Day Event. The 1956 Olympics in Stockholm again had a Canadian team entry which won the bronze medal. In 1959, the Three Day Event team won a gold medal for its performance at the Pan American Games in Chicago.
Canada fielded teams for all three equestrian events for the first time in the 1968 Olympic in Mexico. To the surprise of the world, Canada’s jumping team came home with the gold medal – Canada’s only gold medal of those Olympics. Since then Canada’s equestrians have proven that they are among the best in the world. They have consistently placed in the top 10 in international events, including victories at the 1970 World Show Jumping Championships and the 1978 World Three Day Event Championships, as well as the 1980 alternate Olympics competition in the Netherlands. More recently we have once again demonstrated that Canada stands among the world’s elite when producing world class athletes. At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Canada brought home an unprecedented four medals — a gold and silver in show jumping and para-dressage respectively.
About Equine Canada’s (EC) Sport Division and various sub-committees to undertake the development, selection and training of all international teams in the eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). These international teams, jointly referred to as the Canadian Equestrian Team (CET), are comprised of eight disciplines including the four Olympic and Paralympic disciplines of dressage, jumping, three day eventing and para-dressage, as well as driving, endurance, reining and vaulting.
National Geographic Society
Mrs. Whitney Stone present the International Military Challenge Trophy to Lt. COL. Charles Baker, Jr. of the Canadian Equestrian Team. On Mrs. Stone’s left is Brig. Gen. Alfred G. Tuckerman, president of the National Horse Show from 1948 to 1953.
In all, since 1952, the Canadian Equestrian Team has won eight Olympic medals, 48 Pan American Games medals and eight World Championship medals making them among the most successful amateur teams in Canada.
The Sport Division and various sub-committees also offer developmental support to the Junior and Young Riders program, a means of identifying and encouraging future Team members. The day-to-day activities related to the development, selection and training of the CET are carried out by the staff of Equine Canada.
2008 Olympic Show Jumping Silver Medalists Mac Cone, Jill Henselwood, Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar with Chef d’equipe Terrence Millar.
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Dressage DRESSAGE TEAM PERSONNEL
DRESSAGE What is Dressage? Dressage, from the French word for “training” is often described as the art of dancing on horseback or ballet on horseback and it is often compared to freestyle figure skating. The art of dressage is a harmonious blend of power, beauty and precision. The sport of dressage is designed to improve a horse’s balance, suppleness and flexibility, as well as improve the communication between horse and rider. At home dressage consists of several hundred hours of patient nurturing. It takes years to build the necessary strength and fortitude to enable the horse to perform these difficult movements with ease and grace. In the competition ring dressage shows us everything we think a horse should be. They are obedient yet independent, they are explosive yet contained. The favourite event at any dressage competition is the Kur, or musical freestyle. In this event the rider can exhibit their personal style and artistry by choreographing required elements to music they feel is best suited to their mount. Kurs can be performed singly, in pairs (a Pas de Deux), in a group of four (a Quadrille) or in demonstration groups (a musical ride).
What is Equine Canada’s Dressage Canada? Dressage Canada is a committee created by Equine Canada to administer the sport of dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada’s objective is to foster the growth of Dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional athletes through the following programs:
• Dressage Canada Media Award • Coaching education and programs • Dressage Canada Owner of the Year • Official’s education and programs • Dressage Canada The “EIGHT” Award • Rules • Dressage Canada Volunteer of the Year • Qualifying criteria • Lauren DiIanni Memorial Fund Award • Sport development • Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month
Difference-makers in Canadian Dressage On Sunday, April 25th, 2010, Dressage Canada announced the first five inductees into its new Hall of Fame which celebrates dressage icons that have impacted Dressage in Canada. Horse: Dynasty—Cindy Ishoy’s Hanoverian gelding; her 1988 bronze medal winning Olympic partner and World Cup mount in the 1980s. Rider: Christilot Boylen—one of Canada’s best-known dressage riders and trainers. At just seventeen years of age, Christilot received special permission to compete for Canada in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. She has since been named to seven Olympic Teams, has competed on four Pan American Games teams. She earned individual gold medals at the 1971, 1975 and 1987 Pan American Games. Trainer: Dietrich von Hopffgarten—renowned international German dressage trainer who settled in British Columbia. For three decades in North America, he instilled classical training principles, effective riding skills and amazing wisdom/psychology to all his students.
Coach Robert Dover
Chef d’équipe Gwynne Rooke
Builder Individual: Hans Pracht—founder, along with wife Eva-Marie Pracht, of the International Equestrian Sport Services (IESS), located in Cedar Valley, ON (near Newmarket), host of the 1986 World Dressage Championships. Builder Organization: CADORA—the original founders incorporated the national non-profit organization April 1, 1969, dedicating it to the development of dressage in Canada.
Canada’s Dressage History 1952 Canada’s first dressage competitor, Captain M.L.R. Lafond of Montreal had trained his mare Pierrette himself and entered the Helsinki Olympics. However, according to the records, he did not actually compete in Helsinki. 1955 Captain M.L.R Lafond and Rathpatrick represented Canada in the second Pan American Games in Mexico where they finished fifth in dressage. 1964 Canada’s only competitors at the Tokyo Olympics were seventeen year-old Christilot Hanson (now Boylen) on the Thoroughbred gelding, Bonheur, who placed 21st and Inez Fischer-Credo who placed 18th on Gordina, a Thoroughbred bred in British Columbia.
Team Vet Geoff Vernon
Team Manager Christine Peters
1978 An eighth place finish for Cindy Ishoy and Martyr was Canada’s best showing to date at the Dressage World Championships. 1986 Canada hosted the World Dressage Championships at Cedar Valley with the home team taking fifth place and Cindy Ishoy on Dynasty finishing sixth. 1987 The Pan Am Games held in Indianapolis, Indiana saw the dressage team win silver, with Christilot Boylen winning individual gold. 1987
At the World Cup Dressage Final, Cindy Ishoy and Dynasty placed fourth.
1988 The Olympic Games in Seoul saw Canada’s dressage team earned a bronze medal with Cindy Ishoy and Dynasty standing fourth individually. At the Dressage World Cup Final in Holland, Ishoy and Dynasty placed second. 1991 At the Pan Am Games in Havana, Cuba Lorraine Stubbs and Firmus win gold, as did Canada’s team including Stubbs, Ashley Munro, Gina Smith and Leslie Reid. 1995 At the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, the dressage team of Nancy Maclachlan, Stefan Von Schalburg, Victoria Winter and Louise Miechowsky took home the bronze medal.
1967 The dressage team of Christilot Hanson (Boylen), Inez Fischer-Credo and Jean MacKenzie also won a bronze medal.
1998 At the World Equestrian Games in Rome, Canada finished ninth in show jumping and 17th in dressage.
1968 At the Olympics in Mexico, Inez Fischer-Credo was Canada’s the top placed dressage rider at 15th place.
1999 Shannon Oldham-Dueck won individual dressage silver at Winnipeg’s Pan American Games ever.
2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain sees the team of Ashley Holzer, Belinda Trussell, Nancy MacLachlan and Shannon Dueck earn a 9th place finish.
Canada’s dressage team finished sixth at the Olympic Games in Munich.
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Assistant Chef d’équipe Gina Smith
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2010 • 2nd Grand Prix Special at CDI3* Lexington, KY USA • 7th Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI3* WEF Dressage Classic, Wellington FL
2010 • 1st Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at CDI3* WEF Dressage Classic, Wellington FLA, riding Anton • 2nd Grand Prix Special at CDI5* World Dressage Masters, Wellington, FL, riding Anton
2008 • 3rd Prix St. George at CDI-W Blainville International Classic, Blainville, QC
2009 • 1st Intermediaire II at CDI-W Kaposvar, Hungary, riding Anton
BONNY BONNELLO Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta Birthdate: December 17, 1950 Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
2004 • Team 9th at 2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece riding Royan II
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia Birthdate: August 27, 1971 Hometown: Stouffville, Ontario
1997 bay Canadian Warmblood gelding, 16.3hh by Pointmaker Owner: Bonny Bonnello & Jean Bell Breeder: Jill Biggs (Northern Sport Horses) Groom: Betty Wells
2000 dark bay Oldenburg gelding, 16.2hh by Antaeus Owner: Robyn Eames Groom: Alex Kuuesla
ASHLEY HOLZER Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario Birthdate: October 10, 1963 Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
POP ART 1997 chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding, 16.2hh by Amsterdam Owner: Moreen Nicoll and Rusty Holzer Groom: Holly Jones
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2010 • 1st Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI4* Lingen, Germany, riding Pop Art • 1st Grand Prix & Grand Prix Special at CDI Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge riding Pop Art • 4th in Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI5* World Dressage Masters, Wellington, FL riding Pop Art
2010 • 1st in Grand Prix & Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI3* Blainville riding Proton • 2nd in Grand Prix and 1st in Grand Prix Special at CDI3* Palgrave riding Proton
2009 • 5th in Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at FEI World Cup Final - Las Vegas riding Pop Art 2002 • Team 9th at World Equestrian Games, Jerez, ESP riding Imperioso 1991 • Individual Silver, Team Gold at Pan American Games, Havana, Cuba riding Kronjuwel
1995 • Team & Individual Bronze at Pan American Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, riding Wedgwood
Birthplace: Oakville, Ontario Birthdate: April 15, 1970 Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
PROTON 1994 bay Baden-Wurtemburger gelding, 16.2hh by Patriarch Owner: Neil Ishoy Groom: Stehanie Gow
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HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • 1st Grand Prix CDI 3* Golden State Dressage Festival, Rancho Murieta, CA, Pfalstaff • 1st Grand Prix Special CDI 3* Golden State Dressage Festival, Rancho Murieta, CA, Pfalstaff • 2nd Grand Prix for Special CDI3* Burbank, CA, Pfalstaff • 2nd Grand Prix Special CDI Thermal, CA, Pfalstaff 2009 • 1st Grand Prix CDI-3* Golden State Dressage Festival Rancho Murieta, CA,Pfalstaff • 2nd Grand Prix for Special CDI-3* Golden State Dressage Festival - Rancho Murieta, CA, Pfalstaff
WENDY CHRISTOFF Birthplace: Delta, British Columbia Date of Birth: April 26, 1954 Hometown: Delta, British Columbia
PFALSTAFF 1994 chestnut Hanoverian gelding, 17.3hh, sired by Paladium Owner: Wendy Christoff Groom: Jill Anderson
2010 • 5th Grand Prix Special CDI5* Falsterbo, SWE, Quantum Tyme • 8th Grand Prix CDI4* Fritzen, AUT, Quantum Tyme 2009 • 8th Grand Prix CDI Achleiten. Achleiten, Austria, Quantum Tyme • 6th Grand Prix Freestyle, CDI Achleiten. Achleiten, Austria Quantum Tyme
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Birthplace: Bavaria, Germany Birthdate: February 13, 1964 Hometown: Ste-Adele, Québec
QUANTUM TYME 1995 Chestnut Oldenburger gelding, 16.1hh by Quattro B Owner: Evi Strasser and Tanya Strasser-Shostak Groom: Stefanie Gray www.thehorseseye.com
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Driving DRIVING TEAM PERSONNEL
2010 • 1st in Adv Team at Black Prong, FL • 5th Four-in-Hand at CAI-A Bromont, QC • 11th Four-in-Hand at CAI-B Dade City FL • 9th Four-in-Hand at CAI-B Ocala, Live Oak Plantation, FL
Team Vet Dr. Trish Arnold
DRIVING What is Driving?
Driving is one of the fastest growing equestrian sport in North America, partially because all horse sizes, shapes and breeds can be used, but also because it appeals to people of all ages. There are four basic divisions: recreational driving, sanctioned competition (specifically for Pleasure Driving and Combined Driving) and draft horses. Mostly everyone who drives a horse, pony, very small equine (less than 99 cm.), donkey, mule or zebra enjoys some form of recreational driving. Whether on private property, nearby roads or on the Trans-Canada trail, drivers enjoy exploring the countryside alone or in groups, either spontaneously or organized. Driving appeals to the entire family and spans all ages. It is common to see parents and their children working together and sharing the experience. Some examples of group activity include fun recreational events such as TREC driving or the more formal competitions of Pleasure driving with both ring and cross-country classes being judged on horsemanship, turnout and reinsmanship; or Combined driving – a three section event that includes Driven Dressage, Marathon and Obstacle-cones competitions in varying formats from one to three or more days.
What is Equine Canada’s Canadian Driving Committee? The Canadian Driving Committee (CDC) was formed by Equine Canada to administer the sport of driving in Canada. Its objective is the development of athletes, both human and equine, for recreation and competitive sport. The CDC develops and manages national programs for coaches, licensed officials and rules based on safety, welfare of the horse and fairness in competition.
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Chef d’équipe Bill MacGillivray
Team Manager Wendy Gayfer
The CDC is a discipline committee of Equine Canada’s Sport Division, and is assisted by a range of technical sub-committees. CDC members are elected on a rotational basis by the Regional Council which is composed of members from each region of Canada, elected annually. For more information on driving, please visit www.drivecanada.org.
DEBBIE LADEROUTE Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta Birthdate: April 7, 1958 Hometown: Calgary, Alberta Support Team: Kyla Gillard Stacey Erlandson Megan Laderoute
Canada’s Driving History 1989 Canada’s Udo Hochgeschurz won the World Pairs Driving Championship in Hungary—the first Canadian and North American to bring home the gold, a record that stood until 2005 Drivers have populated the Canadian Equestrian Team since the first World Four-in-Hand championship in Sweden (Tim Wright) through the first World Singles Championship in Austria n 1998. Canadians have been strong players in the FEI circuit in both North America and Europe and have wellrespected officials and coaches participating at all levels of the sport. 1987 The Pan Am Games held in Indianapolis, Indiana saw Udo Hocheschurz take fourth in the World Pairs Driving Championships.
2009 • 5th Four-in-Hand CAI-B Ocala, Florida Horse Park, FL • 9th Four-in-Hand CAI-B Lexington, KY
Salina 1999 bay Dutch Warmblood gelding, 16.3hh by Inspektuer Owner: Fred Mannix
Calduro 1992 bay Holsteiner gelding, 16.3hh by Calvadur Owner: Fred Mannix
Ramondo 1998 bay Dutch Warmblood gelding, 16hh by Monte Cristo Owner: Fred Mannix
Vitanna 2002 bay Canadian Warmblood mare, 16 hh by Kadans Owner: Fred Mannix
Filadoro 2002 bay Westphalian gelding, 16.2hh by Florestan Owner: Penny Manser
Vaspari 2002 Canadian Sport Horse gelding, 17hh by Kadans Owner: Fred Mannix
Lucky Boy 1993 bay Dutch Warmblood gelding, 16.1hh by Glendale Owner: Fred Mannix
2010 • 14th Four-in-Hand at CAI-B Ocala, Live Oak Plantation, FL • 11th Four-in-Hand at CAI-B Ocala, Florida Horse Park, FL • 12th Four-in-Hand at CAI-B Dade City FL • 7th Four-in-Hand at CAI-A Bromont, Bromont, QC
DARRYL BILLING Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec Birthdate: February 16, 1943 Hometown: Milverton, Ontario Support Team: Tara Sipsock Aileen Gowen Samantha Groenewood
2009 • 3rd Four-in-Hand at CAI-A Bromont, Bromont, QC
2002 black Dutch Warmblood gelding, 16.3hh by Mando Owner: Darryl Billing
2002 black Dutch Warmblood gelding, 16.3hh by Larix Owner: Darryl Billing
2000 chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding,16.3hh by Wilhelmus Owner: Darryl Billing
2000 chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding, 16.3hh, by Mammo Owner: Darryl Billing
1992 bay Dutch Warmblood gelding, 16.3hh by Ufarno Owner: Darryl Billing
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Endurance Veterinary (working with the Equine Canada veterinary and medication committees, and educating Endurance riders in this regard)
ENDURANCE What is Endurance?
What is Equine Canada’s Endurance Canada?
Endurance is a competition testing the speed and the endurance ability of the horse. To be successful, the competitor must have knowledge of pace, and the efficient and safe use of his horse for many miles over varied terrain. The competition is against the clock along a marked course, with mandatory veterinary check points along the way, when the horses are carefully monitored to determine their fitness to continue. The first horse to cross the finish line, and pass the final veterinarian inspection, wins. The maximum riding time allowed for the Championship at WEG 2010 - 160 km - will be 12 hours and 19 minutes but it is anticipated that the winning time will be significantly less.
Endurance Canada is a committee of Equine Canada, having geographic representation from coast to coast. It is the national governing body of the sport of endurance riding in Canada, from grassroots to the international level, working in cooperation with the provincial discipline organizations. Endurance Canada is responsible for the growth and pursuit of excellence at all levels of the sport, providing support and guidance through various programs and committees. For more information, please visit the Endurance Canada section of the Equine Canada website.
The origins of Endurance riding in North America relates back to the time when the US Cavalry tested its horses on a five-day, 300-mile (483 km) ride, each carrying over 200 lbs (91 kg). It became a competitive sport when, in 1955, as a result of a bet, Wendell Robie traced the Pony Express route from Nevada to California in less than 24 hours – known today as the Tevis Cup. In 1982, when the FEI approved Endurance riding as an official discipline, there were only 4 international rides. The number reached 300 in 2004 and today well over 400 FEI Endurance events are held world-wide, nearly one third of all FEI competitions. The minimum distance for a one day competition is between 40 (FEI 1*) and 160 km (FEI 3*). FEI 4* events represent the premier competitions -- the World Endurance Championships, the World Equestrian Games, the Pan American Championships and Continental Championships, including Junior and Young Rider divisions. In 2010, throughout Canada, approximately 35 domestic rides were held, including all levels of competition, and two FEI events: 1*, 2* and 3*s, one in Alberta and one in Ontario.
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National Awards Endurance Canada Hall of Fame: Recipients - Nancy Beacon, Christy Janzen and Ruth Carlson Ron Janzen Memorial Award: Recipients - Keith Thorne and Esau Lewin Young At Heart Award: Recipients - Elroy Karius and Gail Jewell DVM Youth Recognition Award: Recipients - Nancy Beacon, Gail Jewell DVM and Elroy Karius
Communications (providing a website, e-bulletins, newsletters, Facebook and Yahoo groups)
Officials (working on programs to assist Endurance “volunteers” to become “officials”, and establishing minimum qualification/requirements in this regard) Rules and Sanctioning (creating national rules and sanctioning polices, to be compatible with those of Equine Canada, the American Endurance Ride Conference and FEI) Marketing/Sponsorship (producing sponsorship packages and marketing initiatives)
Education, Coaching and Athlete Development (developing initiatives in conjunction with the Equine Canada Long Term Equestrian Development and coaching programs) Awards and Recognition (promoting Endurance Canada awards programs to the membership, recognizing outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the organization – now tracking mileage and points for all members) Youth (encouraging juniors and young riders to participate in the sport, at all levels) Breeds and Industry (providing information on Endurance breeders, their programs and offspring; pedigree summary and analysis of successful endurance horses; and reporting on updates from the Equine Canada Breeds and Industry Division)
Endurance in Canada
Endurance Canada actively participates in many of the national committees of Sport Council, and has established numerous national sub-committees to facilitate the development of the discipline. These include:
The origin: CaLDRA – Canadian Long Distance Riding Association. The sport of Distance Riding was introduced into Canada in the mid 1960’s and CaLDRA was formed in 1983 to oversee its development. Today CaLDRA represents Competitive Trail and Ride ‘n’ Tie, and Endurance has become a Committee of the Sport Council of Equine Canada, along with the other FEI disciplines.
AERC Liaison (working with the American Endurance Ride Conference to ensure that ride sanctioning is compatible for those riders competing in both the United States and Canada)
• The first FEI competition was held in 1989 at the North American Championship. Under the new progressive star system, the first FEI 1* ride was held in BC in 2009.
• Canadian Endurance Championships have been held in Quebec, Alberta and Ontario. • The first fully-sanctioned Endurance Canada/Equine Canada competition was held in Merritt, BC in July 2010.
Difference-makers in Canadian Endurance
2Jim Bryant DVM (BC) has become one of the foremost FEI officials in the world and is currently employed by Dubai Equine, living much of the year abroad.
2Ruth Carlson (BC), former Canadian International rider and World Silver medalist,, has gone on to become the current chair of the FEI Endurance Committee, for the world!
2Keith Thorne (Alberta), a former international competitor and Chef d’Equipe, became the first Endurance Steward General in Canada.
2Nancy Beacon became the first inductee into the Endurance Hall of Fame, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the sport, as both an athlete and as an ambassador/mentor.
2Christy Janzen, the second inductee into the Hall of Fame, was honoured for her outstanding achievements as an international competitor, and her pursuit of excellence in the sport.
2Earle Baxter (Ontario) received the American Endurance Ride Conference “Perfect 10
International (ECI) (developing the selection criteria and programs for the international competitors)
• Myna Cryderman hosted the 1999 Pan American Endurance Championship in Manitoba.
International Competitions held in Canada: • Nancy Beacon hosted the 1989 North American Endurance Championship in Ontario. • Linda Riley and her team hosted the 1993 North American Endurance Championship in Alberta.
Award”, and both he and his amazing gelding, CH Catch Me If You Can, have been inducted into the AERC Hall of Fame.
2Art King DVM is also one of the most respected names in the Sport, officiating at the majority of FEI competitions in the eastern part of North America.
2Maura Leahy (Manitoba), Endurance Canada’s Secretary-treasurer, was recognized as the 2009 Equine Canada Volunteer of the Year.
2Daphne Richard, the current Chair of Endurance Canada, has led the organization through its formative years to its present level of recognition and participation in Equine Sport in Canada.
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Canada’s Endurance History at International Events Canadian Endurance riders have been participating in international competitions for over 20 years, with considerable success in both the Pan American and World Championships, competing in Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Argentina, and well as those locations highlighted below: 1988 Canada’s Endurance Team won the Silver Medal at the World Endurance Championships in Virginia: Julie Phair, Ruth Carlson, Jim Rawski, Joan Spiker, Shari MacFarlane; Earle Baxter (Individual, Top Ten). 1990
The Inaugural World Equestrian Games, involving all six FEI disciplines, was held in Stockholm. Canada’s best showing was the Endurance team which finished in fourth place, 9 minutes off a medal: Earle Baxter (Top Ten), Shari MacFarlane, Danny Grant, Joan Spiker, Bill Cameron, Rick Burnside (This was the first Canadian Endurance Team to compete abroad.)
Canada’s Endurance team placed ninth at the second World Equestrian Games in The Hague: Nancy Beacon, Barbara Alkemade, Roy Cust, Judy Saunders, Keith Thorne and Garnet Gallant.
World Endurance Championship in Kansas: Jim Rawski, Carol Steiner, Barbara Cameron, Christy Janzen – fourth place.
At the Pan American Endurance Championships in Oregon, Canada West won Gold: Christy Janzen (Individual Silver and Best Condition), Len Fox (Individual Bronze), Larry Handzuik, Barb Cameron; Kayla Cameron (Individual).
In Dubai, at the World Endurance Championship, Christy Janzen placed 9th in 10:09. Other Team members: Barb Cameron, Len Fox, Larry Handziuk, Linda Riley, Myna Cryderman.1999 At the Pan American Endurance Championships, in Manitoba, Christy Janzen won the Bronze and Best Condition award. Canada West Team placed 5th.
ANYBODY KNOW WHERE CANADA EAST AND CANADA WEST PLACED?
Canada West won the Bronze Medal at the Pan American Championships in Washington: Myna Cryderman, Kevin Myers, Daphne Richard, Kelvin Godin and Audrey Grieb.
Team Canada placed fourth at the World Endurance Championships in Dubai: Myna Cryderman, Daphne Richard, Yvette Vinton, Lana Halisheff; Karen Badger (Individual).
WEG in Aachen, Ruth Sturley was the first Canadian, 3rd North American, 36th overall.
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The Canadian Endurance Team came seventh at the World Endurance Championships in Malaysia. Members: Robert Gielen, Ruth Sturley, Wendy Benns, Yvette Vinton, Julius Bloomfield; Wendy MacCoubrey (Individual).
In the North American Championships, Canada has garnered many Team, Top Ten and Individual Medals. Endurance has been a demonstration sport in the last few NAJYRC, and Canada participated in this competition in 2009 and 2010. 1986 In California – first North American FEI Championship – Danny Grant Top Ten and Reserve BC 1989 In Ontario, Canada East won Gold, Team including: Leslie Bond, Connie Rawski and Judy MacGregor. Julie Phair won the Individual Bronze. 1991
In Nevada, Canada East won Silver: Earle Baxter, Judy Saunders, Julie Phair
In Alberta, Canada East won the Bronze: Earle Baxter, Garnet Gallant, Judy Saunders, Julie Phair, Rick Burnside, Yvette Vinton.
2009 In Kentucky, Canada/International Team won Silver at the NAYRER: Lee Hutten, Kate Coady and Ariel MacLeod, together with two young riders from Mexico.
HIGHLIGHTS • FC Galaxy, 11:24:00, Fort Howe, Montana 2007 • FC Galaxy, 17:17:00, Fort Valley, Virginia • FC Galaxy, 11:41:00, Sprit of Excellence, Meaford, Ontario • FC Galaxy 11:40:00 Fun in the Sun, Williston, Florida
ROBERT GIELEN Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta Birthdate: July 1, 1950 Hometown: Norton, New Brunswick
FC GALAXY 2002 bay Arabian gelding, 15hh by Placroixnoire Owner: Robert Gielen Grooms: Wendy Benns and Misha Green Crew: Angela Gielen and Carol Steiner 2008
ENDURANCE TEAM PERSONNEL
2010 • Diamond Reo, 11:05:10 FEI 3* 100 mile, New Lowell, ON • Jolly Holiday, 14:03:15, FEI 3* 100 mile, Jarvie, AB 2009 • NL Temptation, 10:13:22, FEI 3* 100 mile, Morriston, FL • A Salisbury Rose, 10:46:55, FEI 3* 100 mile Greenville, CA
Chef d’Equipe Kay Melvin
Asst. Chef d’Equipe Maura Leahy
Asst. Team Vet — Dr. Stan Alkemade Coach — Kim Woolley Farrier — Drew Henderson
Team Veterinarian Dr. Roxy Bell
GAIL JEWEL, DVM Birthplace: New Westminster, British Columbia Birthdate: February 1, 1960 Hometown: Joe Rich, British Columbia
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1988 bay Arabian mare, 15hh by Temmpo Owner: Elroy Karius Grooms: Lee Hutton and Kate Coady Crew: Daphne Richard and Glenn Sinclair
2001 grey Arabian gelding, 15.2hh by RV Rostov Owner: Elroy Karius Grooms: Lee Hutton and Kate Coady
1999 bay Arabian mare, 5.1hh by Oh Canada Owner: Elroy Karius Grooms: Lee Hutton and Kate Coady
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HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • Jolly Holiday, 08:03:00, FEI 2* 75 mile 5th, Inyoken, CA 2009 • A Salisbury Rose, 07:48:46, FEI 2* 75 mile 13rd, Lexington, KY • Apache, 10:46:25, FEI 3* 100 mile 3rd, Greenville, CA • Diamond Reo, 06:03:41, FEI 1* 50 mile 12th, Greenville, CA
Myna Cryderman and her Canadianbred Arabian excel at the Tevis Cup.
Birthplace: Melville, Saskatchewan Birthdate: September 25, 1943 Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia
APACHE ECLYPSE 1996 bay Arabian gelding, 15.2hh by Bay Eclypse Owner: Elroy Karius Grooms: Collette Hutton and Kate Coady Crew: Terre O’Brennan and Karen Ellis
2009 • RBF Super Sport, 08:54:52, FEI 2* 75 mile 30th, Kentucky Cup, Lexington, KY • RBF Super Sport, 10:22:30, FEI 3* 100 mile 3rd, New Lowell, ON
2010 • Teese 11:20:51 FEI 3* 100 mile, Williston, FL
2007 • RBF Super Sport, 10:45:00, FEI 3* 100 mile 3rd, Meaford, ON
RUTH STURLEY Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario Birthdate: March 6, 1946 Hometown: Owen Sound, Ontario
RBF SUPER SPORT 1993 chestnut Arabian gelding, 14.3hh by Khalarado Owner: Ruth Sturley Grooms: Mike Bostic and Ken Sturley Crew: Brianne Henderson and Nancy Zukewich
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2006 • RBF Super Sport, 11:05:28, FEI 4* 100 mile 38th, WEG Aachen Germany
2009 • Teese 11:49:54 FEI 3* 100 mile New Lowell, ON 2008 • Teese 13:08:22 FEI 4* 100 mile WEC Malaysia • Teese 12:53:24 FEI 3* 100 mile Glenboro, MB
YVETTE VINTON Birthplace: London, England Birthdate: November 19, 1961 Hometowns: Ontario & Florida
TEESE 2000 chestnut Arabian gelding, 15hh by ZT Ali Baba Owner: Yvette Vinton Groom: Rick Burnside and Art King Crew: Tanya Smith and Claudia Harper
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HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • ZF Mocha, 5:56:00, 50 mile Spruce Woods, MB • ZF Mocha, 6:36:17, 50 mile, Horseshoe Lake, AB • ZF Mocha, 7:05:00,50 mile, Boissevain, MB • LKJ Brayzn Cain, 5:53:00,50 mile Boissevain, MB
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1997 bay Arabian/Standardbred mare, 14.2hh Owner: Trisha Dowling Groom: Brian Zwaan
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HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • Koszaar, 1:55:44, FEI 3* 100 mile, Jarvie, AB 2009 • Koszaar, 08:25:55, FEI 2* 75 mile, Lexington, KY • Koszaar, 15:21:04, FEI 3* 100 mile, Greenville, CA
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TERRE O’BRENNAN (ALTERNATE) Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan Birthdate: October 24, 1950 Hometown: Ladner, British Columbia
KOSZAAR 1996 bay Arabian gelding, 14.3 by Sunny Travelor Owner: Terre O’Brennan Grooms: Karen Ellis and Glen Sinclair Crew: Elaine Bessuille and Joan Harris
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National Programs and Awards Canadian Eventing has a number of important and exciting national programs to support grass roots, development, high performance and elite athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and competition organizers.
EVENTING What is Eventing?
The sport of eventing is best described as an equine triathlon. It began as a military exercise and competition for cavalry horses and officers to test their endurance, agility and ability to get between two points in the countryside. Today in the modern equivalent, the sport of eventing encompasses three separate tests: dressage, cross-country, and jumping held consecutively. The equestrian sport of eventing was introduced at the Olympic Games in Stockholm Sweden in 1912 under the name “Militaire”. In keeping with military tradition, the Olympic competition was restricted to military officers until the 1956 Games when it was open to non-commissioned officers. Women were first permitted to compete in at the 1964 Games in Tokyo. Canada fielded its first team at the 1952 Games in Helsinki, Finland and won the Team Bronze Medal in 1956.
To develop an integrated sport system across Canada which provides a pathway for riders to develop according to the principles of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD).
What is Equine Canada’s Canadian Eventing Committee? Canadian Eventing Committee (CEC) was created by Equine Canada to administer the sport of eventing in Canada from the grassroots to the international level. The CEC is comprised of 12 members, including two rider representatives elected by the Elite Riders Association. Directed by the Strategic Plan for Eventing, all eventing activities are administered by this committee via six sub-committees with the support of an eventing manager based at the Equine Canada office in Ottawa. For more information about Canadian Eventing, visit www.equinecanda.ca and select disciplines then eventing.
To develop riders within the framework of the LTAD equestrian model to that provides opportunity from “grass roots” to podium and promotes self expression and individuality in pursuit of individual excellence. To develop coaches with the ability to meet the needs of riders within the framework of the LTAD equestrian model. To have sufficient, well educated, knowledgeable officials for every level of competition in Canada. To be executed through responsible fiscal management through governance
Core Values The Canadian Eventing Committee embraces: • Horse welfare • Safety • Ethical behaviour • Integrity • Leadership • Excellence
These programs include: • The Canadian Eventing Development Fund • Canadian Eventing National Team program • Canadian Eventing Athlete Development Scholarship program • Canadian Eventing Excellence Achievement Awards program • Canadian Eventing Cross Country Style Award program • Canadian Eventing Safety Initiatives and Education program • Competition Development programs • Cross Country Course Development program • Athlete Development program • Officials Development program • Eventing NCCP Coaching certification program
Difference-makers in Canadian Eventing The Canadian Eventing Hall of Fame has chosen recipients based on their contributions to the development of the sport of eventing in Canada.
Athletes/Teams The 1978 World Championship Gold Medal Team: With the 2010 World Equestrian Games being hosted at Kentucky Horse Park, the site of the Gold Medal win for Canada, it is only fitting to acknowledge this incredible achievement.
Horses Crusader — owned by David Wilding-Davies and Russell Smith, and ridden by David Wilding Davies, this appendix quarter horse gelding rose through the ranks of eventing winning a Gold Medal at the North American Young Riders Championships in 1985 and catapulting David onto the world stage by competing at many international competitions and being selected for World Championship and Olympic Game teams. “George,” as he was known to those around him, was an unlikely eventing star who went well beyond his days as a mountain pack horse. Dial-a-dream — owned by Kelly Plitz and Doug and Carol Plitz, and ridden by Kelly Plitz, “Dreamie” as she was known throughout the event world, was a 15.3hh appendix quarter horse mare who carried her rider into the ring at many international competitions including the 1982 World Championships in Luhmuhlen, Germany, and the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, where they were the top placed Canadian both times.
Builders Barbara Kemp — as a competitor, judge, international official in both dressage and eventing, Pony Club supporter and organizer, Barbara contributed to every aspect of equestrian sport in Canada and around the world. Perhaps her greatest achievement was to be appointed cross country course designer for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games Three Day Event competition. She was the first and only woman to do so in history. Ewen B “Pip” Graham — Pip Graham was a true founder of the sport in Canada, especially in Western Canada. He was an organizer, course designer, FEI Technical Delegate and participated in many International Championships and Olympic Games as Chef d’equipe of the Canadian Team. One of his finest achievements was as organizer of the Three Day Event competition at 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
Team members • Elizabeth Ashton and Sunrise • Juliet Graham and Sumatra • Mark Ishoy and Law and Order • Cathy Wedge and Abracadabra Coach: Michael Herbert The 1956 Olympic Bronze Medal Team: As the second team to ever compete at an Olympic Games for Canada in the eventing competition this was the first team to put Canadian Eventing onto the world stage.
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• James Elder and Colleen • Brian Herbinson and Tara • John Rumble and Cilroy Coach: Major Anatole Pieregorodzki
General Michael Gutowski — affectionately known as “the Colonel,” he brought to Canada the classical form of European equitation and his training principles are the foundation of the coaching system today. He was also the coach/trainer of many horse and riders that have competed for Canada at Olympic Games and other international championships.
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Allister Marshall — Allister was the organizer of the Applewood Horse Trials held in the Annapolis Valley for many years and a significant part of the growth of Eventing in Eastern Canada especially the Maritime provinces.
Joan Kendall — Joan Kendall was a tireless volunteer for the sport, one of the founding members of the Canadian Combined Training Association a tireless volunteer for the Ontario Horse Trials Association and for many years the organizer of the Caledon Horse Trials in Caledon, ON. Jean and George Simpson — Jean and George Simpson have been supporters of the sport for over 50 years, promoting Young Riders development and contributing to the growth of the sport in British Columbia. Their BC Supporters Club designed to promote eventing was unique and legendary. They were also owners for some of the country’s most successful riders whose horses have achieved some of our greatest successes. Pam Arthur — Pam has been involved in every aspect of development of the sport in British Columbia and Western Canada. She’s been a competitor, organizer, coach, course designer, judge and steward for both the Eventing and Show Jumping disciplines. Russell Smith — Russell Smith’s name is synonymous with the Checkmate Horse Trials and Training Centre in Feversham, ON. As an organizer, supporter and owner of many top level horses, Russell’s contributions to the sport of eventing are legendary.
Canada’s Eventing History 1952
Canada’s first Olympic Three Day Event team travelled to the Helsinki Olympics, stopping first at Badminton for six weeks’ training. Team members were Tom Gayford, Larry McGuiness, Stewart Treviranus, John Rumble and Walter Pady. The latter two did not actually compete due to horse injuries. Treviranus finished in 22nd place, McGuiness in 29th place, both with no jumping penalties on cross country or in stadium. Gayford was eliminated on the cross country course.
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1956 Canada’s team of John Rumble, Brian Herbinson and Jim Elder won the bronze medal in the three day event at Stockholm. Capt. M.L.R. Lafond placed 20th in dressage on Mrs. C.C. Mann’s Rathpatrick and went on to place sixth in the grand prix of Aachen.
1959 Canada beat the US on their home turf to win the gold medal in the three day eventat the Pan American Games in Chicago. The course was considered horrendous and the heat at 100F was oppressive, but the Canadian horses under the management of Major Anatole Pieregorodski were in superb condition. 1960 Canada’s three day event team was eliminated at the Rome Olympics over a course that was so appalling it resulted in the establishment of better rules and course construction requirements in the future.
HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • 3rd CIC3* Galway Downs International Horse Trials, Temecula, CA • 1st Adv./Int. The Event at 3 Day Ranch, Aguanga, CA 2009 • 1st Intermediate Open, Galway Downs Three Day Event, Temecula, CA • 5th Advanced The Summer Event at Woodside, Woodside, CA • 8th CIC3* Maui Jim Horse Trials, Wayne, IL • 1st CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event, Bromont, QC • 6th Intermediate Open, Division A, Waredaca Horse Trial, Unity, MD • 6th CIC3* Galway Downs International Horse Trials, Temecula, CA • 4th Intermediate Open, Twin Rivers Winter Horse Trials, Paso Robles, CA • 1st Preliminary Open, Galway Downs Winter Horse Trials, Temecula, CA
HAWLEY BENNETT-AWAD Birthplace: Langley, British Columbia Birthdate: May 6, 1977 Hometown: Langley, British Columbia
GIN & JUICE 2000 brown Thoroughbred mare, 15hh by Audio Owner: Linda Paine and Hawley Bennett Groom: Natalia Gurmankin
1968 For the first time, Canada fielded a team in each discipline at the Olympics in Mexico. Canada’s three day event team finished sixth with Robin Hahn and Taffy placing ninth individually.
HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • 27th CIC3* The Fork Horse Trials, Norwood, NC • 4th Advanced Poplar Place March Horse Trials, Hamilton, GA
1971 Canada won gold medals in all three disciplines at the Pan American Games in Cali, Columbia. 1978 An upset victory for Canada’s three day event team in the World Championship held in Lexington, Kentucky. Team members were Mark Ishoy, Liz Ashton, Cathy Wedge and Juliet Graham. 1987 The Pan Am Games held in Indianapolis, Indiana saw the three day team win team silver. 1991 At the Pan Am Three Day Event Championships, Nick Holmes-Smith and Ruderpest won individual gold. The team, including Holmes-Smith also won gold, with Edie Tarves, Stuart young-Black and Jamie Smart. 1994
Canada finished 10th at the second World Equestrian Games in The Hague.
2009 • 48th CCI4* Burghley International Horse Trials, GBR • 23rd CIC3*-W Wits End Horse Trials, Mansfield, ON • 5th CIC3* Maui Jim Horse Trials, Wayne, IL • 29th CCI4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, Lexington, KY • 43rd CIC3* The Fork Horse Trials, Norwood, NC
Birthplace: North York, Ontario Birthdate: July 3, 1981 Hometown: Blackstock, ON
MANNY 2000 bay Canadian thoroughbred gelding, 16.2hh by Franc Coeur Owner: Diana Burnett and Eventing Canada! Groom: Sandra Andresen
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2010 • 8th CIC3*-W Red Hills Horse Trials, Tallahassee, FL • 2nd Advanced Test B, Rocking Horse Winter II Horse Trials, Altoona, FL
2010 • 9th CIC3* The Fork Horse Trials, Norwood, NC • 4th Intermediate Open, Division C, Rocking Horse Winter I Horse Trials, FL
2009 • 4th CIC3*-W Wits End Horse Trials, Mansfield, ON • 2nd Int./Pre. Open, Champagne Run at the Park, Lexington, KY • 33rd CCI4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, Lexington, KY • 29th CIC3* The Fork Horse Trials, Norwood, NC
2009 • 2nd Advanced Division B, Morven Park Fall Horse Trials, Leesburg, VA • 8th CIC3* Plantation Field International Horse Trials • 20th CCI4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, Lexington, KY • 3rd Advanced Division A, Rocking Horse Spring Horse Trials, Altoona, FL
KYLE CARTER Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta Birthdate: January 8, 1969 Hometown: Citra, FL
SELENA O’HANLON Birthplace: Salisbury, England Birthdate: March 21, 1981 Hometown: Elgin, Ontario
1998 bay Thoroughbred gelding, 16.3hh Owner: Kyle and Jennifer Carter Groom: Rachael Haas
1994 bay Swedish Warmblood gelding, 16.3hh by Eighty Eight Keys xx, Owner: Elaine and Michael Davies Groom: Pamela Nunn
2010 • 2nd CCI 3* Bromont Three Day Event, Bromont, QC
2010 • 3rd CCI 3 Bromont International Three Day Event, Bromont QC
2009 • 9th CCI 3*Fair Hill International Three Day Event, Fair Hill, MD • 16th CIC 3*-W Wits End Horse Trials, Mansfield, ON • 10th CCI 2 * Jersey Fresh Three Day Event, Allentown, NJ
2009 • 24th CCI 3*Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, Woodstock, GBR • 13th CIC 3*-W Wits End Horse Trials, Mansfield, ON • 5th CCI 3*Jersey Fresh Three Day Event, Allentown, NJ, USA • 11th CIC 3* The Fork Horse Trials, Norwood, NC, USA
Birthplace: Salmon Arm, British Columbia Birthdate: May 9, 1979 Hometown: Salmon Arm, British Columbia
Birthplace: Uxbridge, Ontario Birthdate: October 16, 1983 Hometown: Cannington, Ontario
2001 Canadian Sport Horse gelding, 16.1hh by Rodero Owner: Caroline Bazley Groom: Rebecca von Schweinitz
1998 Canadian thoroughbred gelding, 16hh Owner: Jessica and Joel Phoenix Groom: Lisa Barry
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HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • 5th CCI 4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, Lexington, KY • 8th CIC 3*The Fork International Horse Trials, Norwood, NC
2009 • 12th CCI 3*Fair Hill International Three Day Event, Fair Hill, MD • 12th CIC 3*-Wits End Horse Trials, Mansfield, ON • 15th CCI 3* Jersey Fresh Three Day Event, Allentown, NJ • 20th CIC 3*The Fork International Horse Trials, Norwood, NC
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2007 Jump Canada Hall of Fame Inductees
What is Jumping? A Jumping competition is one in which the combination of horse and rider is tested under various conditions over a course of obstacles. It is intended to demonstrate the horse’s freedom, energy, skill, speed and obedience in jumping as well as the rider’s horsemanship. The competitor incurs penalties for knocking down a portion of an obstacle, exceeding the time allowed, or refusing to jump an obstacle. The winner is the competitor who finishes with the least number of penalties, in the fastest time.
What is Equine Canada’s Jump Canada? Jump Canada is the committee of Equine Canada responsible for all hunter, equitation and jumper activities in Canada from the grass roots to the international level. Jump Canada is governed by a board, the majority of whose members are elected by the stakeholders in the sport. For more information regarding Jump Canada programs and activities, visit http://www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada.
National Programs and Awards • “Cavalor”’ Athlete of the Month • Emerging Rider Series • Hall of Fame • Hunter Classic Series • Jump Canada Bursary • Jump Canada Series • Jump Canada Young Horse Series • Official of the Year • Officials’ Accessibility Fund • Owner of the Year • Sponsor of the Year
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• Talent Squad Series • Travel Assistance • Venue Development Fund • Volunteer of the Year
2009 Jump Canada Hall of Fame Inductees Builder (Individual): Bob Ballard, former Canadian Equestrian Team captain Builder (Organization): George and Dianne Tidball, founders of Thunderbird Show Park Hunter Horse: War Bond Jumper Horse: Canadian Club, Individual Gold and Team Bronze Medals at 1967 Pan American Games, Team Gold Medal at 1968 Olympic Games, Team Gold Medal at 1970 World Championships with James Day, owned by Ernie and Elizabeth Samuel Media: Terry Leibel, CBC Sports Anchor Pony: Farnley Melanie Rider: Michel Vaillancourt – Individual Silver Medalist at 1976 Olympic Games
2008 Jump Canada Hall of Fame Inductees Builder (Individual): Ron and Marg Southern Coach/Trainer: Tom Gayford Hunter Horse: Blue By You Jumper Horse: Monopoly Pony: Minnie Mouse Rider: Shirley (Thomas) Prosser Sponsor: Rothmans of Pall Mall Canada
Builder (Individual): Major General and Mrs. C. Churchill Mann Hunter Horse: Dr. Schpiegle Jumper Horse: Aramis Media: Susan Jane Anstey Official: Francois Ferland Pony: Wotten Nell Rider: Lorne Siegle Team: The 1980 Alternate Olympic Gold Medal Team - The 1980 Alternate Olympic Gold Medal Team: Jim Elder riding Volunteer, Mark Laskin riding Damuraz, Ian Millar riding Brother Sam, Michel Vaillancourt riding Chivas Trainer: Gladys Adam
Winnipeg hosted the Pan American Games for the first of two times this century. In show jumping, Jim Day and Canadian Club kept the individual gold in Canada; they were also on the bronze medal-winning team with Jim Elder, Tom Gayford and Moffat Dunlap.
For the first time, Canada fielded a team in each discipline at the Olympics in Mexico. Canada won team gold in show jumping with riders Jim Elder/The Immigrant, Jim Day/ Canadian Club and Tom Gayford/ Big Dee. Torchy Millar on Beefeater was the spare rider.
Canada’s show jumpers, in their first trip to Europe since 1954, won the Nations’ Cup portion of the World Championships in La Baule, France and Jim Elder placed fifth individually in the Men’s World Championships.
Canada won gold medals in all three disciplines at the Pan American Games in Cali, Columbia.
Canada’s jumping team finished sixth at the Olympic Games in Munich.
Montreal hosted the Olympic Games and Quebec’s own Michel Vaillancourt won the individual silver medal in show jumping on Branch County
Spruce Meadows hosted its inaugural competition.
For the first time, men and women competed on equal terms in a World Championship competition in show jumping, replacing two separate events. Canada’s team of Terry Liebel, Ian Millar, John Simpson and Jim Elder finished fourth in the World Championships at Aachen.
At the Pan American Games in Puerto Rico, Ian Millar and Brother Sam won the individual bronze medal. The team of Ian Millar/Brother Sam, Terry Liebel/ Sympatico, John Simpson/Texas and Michel Vaillancourt/Crimson Tide.
Because of the boycott of the Moscow Olympics, only six teams travelled to Moscow with Russia taking the gold medal. Canada took the ‘alternate’ Olympic show jumping title in Holland, with team members Ian Millar/Brother Sam, Mark Laskin/ Damuraz, Jim Elder/ Volunteer and Michel Vaillancourt/Chivas.
2006 Jump Canada Hall of Fame Inductees Builder (Individual): Brigadier-General W. Denis Whitaker Builder (Organization): The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Hunter: Just Cruising Jumper: Big Ben Pony: Farnley Soya Rider: Gail Greenough Sponsor: BMO Financial Group Team: The 1968 Olympic Gold Medal Team - James Day and Canadian Club, James Elder and The Immigrant, and Tom Gayford and Big Dee
Canada’s Jumping History 1956
Tom Gayford, Doug Cudney and Doug Hood won the Harrisburg Nations’ Cup.
Jim Elder, Doug Cudney and Tom Gayford win New York Nations’ Cup.
Blue Beau, ridden by Tom Gayford, set a record by jumping 7’1” in the puissance at the National Horse Show in New York. Blue Beau won the puissance in Toronto in 1959 and in New York in 1960, 1961 and 1962.
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The Canadian show jumping team finished fifth at the World Championships in Dublin.
At the Volvo World Cup Final in Sweden, Canadian Mario Deslauriers became the youngest winner at 19 - a record which still stands - riding the seven-year-old Aramis.
The Canadian team finished fourth at the Los Angeles with Mario Deslauriers taking fourth individually after a jump-off for the bronze.
1986 At Aachen, Germany, Canada’s Gail Greenough became the first woman and the first North American to win an open World Championship riding Mr. T. She remains the only woman and only North American to ever capture this title. 1987
The Pan Am Games held in Indianapolis, Indiana saw Ian Millar and Big Ben take home both individual gold and team gold, with teammates Lisa Carlsen/Kahlua, Laura Balisky/Lavendar 48 and Hugh Graham/Wellington.
The Olympic Games in Seoul featured some of the most exotic and stunning fence designs this century under show jumping course designer Olaf Petersen. Canada finished fourth by only 1.25 faults.
Ian Millar and Big Ben won the Volvo World Cup Final for the second time in a row - the first time there had ever been a consecutive winner, on the same horse.
Canadian Danny Foster and Forever Diamond won gold at the Pan Am Games in Havana, Cuba. The Canadian including Foster, won with members Beth Underhill/ Monopoly, Ian Millar/Future Vision and Sandra Anderson/Scirocco.
1994 Big Ben, the most successful show jumping horse in history, was retired. His yearlong retirement tour took him across Canada before his official retirement at The Royal Winter Fair. 1999
Winnipeg closes out the century with what is termed the most successful Pan American Games ever. Ian Millar won the individual show jumping gold riding Ivar and the team of Millar with Jill Henselwood/Til Tomorrow, Eric Lamaze/Kahlua, and Beth Underhill/Altair took bronze. Jill Henselwood riding Special Ed won the Individual Gold Medal in show jumping at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, marking the first time in 24 years that a woman has claimed the honour. Eric Lamaze and Hickstead won the Individual Bronze Medal.
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Chef d’Equipe Terrance Millar
Team Veterinarian Dr. Sylvie Suprenant
Team Manager Karen Hendry-Ouellette
2007 Canadians Mac Cone, Jill Henselwood, Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar win Team Silver at the Pan American Games in Brazil. 2008 Canada’s Eric Lamaze claims Canada’s first ever Olympic Gold Medal in Show Jumping. Lamaze riding Hickstead and Rolf-Goran Bengtsson riding Ninja were the only two riders to jump clear over the two rounds comprising the Individual Final to force a jump-off for the Individual Gold Medal. Over the shortened jumpoff track, Bengtsson had the final fence down and completed the course in 38.39 seconds. Lamaze also took 38.39 seconds to complete the course, but left all the rails in place to claim the Gold Medal.
2010 • Catena Leading Grand Prix Rider Award, HITS Thermal, CA • 1st $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal III, CA, Terrific • 1st $30,000 HITS Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal II, CA, Terrific • 2nd $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, HITS Thermal I, CA, Terrific • 2nd $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, HITS Thermal I, CA, Terrific 2009 • 4th (tie) $350,000 BMO Nations’ Cup, CSIO5* Spruce Meadows Masters, AB, Terrific • 1st $50,000 Oilpatch Grand Prix, Rocky Mountain Classic I, Calgary, AB, Terrific • 2nd $55,000 Warsteiner World Cup Grand Prix, CSI-W Thunderbird, BC, Terrific • 1st $30,000 Darnell & Co. Grand Prix, CSI-W T-bird Summer Classic, BC, Terrific • 4th $200,000 QE II Cup, CSI5* Spruce Meadows North American, AB, Terrific • 2nd $50,000 RBC Cup, CSI4* Spruce Meadows Canada One, AB Terrific • Canadian Champion, CSI5* Spruce Meadows National, AB, Terrific • 1st $25,000 TD Canada Trust Grand Prix, Spruce Meadows Spring Welcome, AB, Terrific
JOHN ANDERSON Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta Birthdate: December 16, 1966 Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
TERRIFIC 2000 bay Dutch Warmblood gelding, 16.2hh by Marlon Owner: Foxdale Farm Inc. Groom: Carmen Almanza
Jumping JUMPING TEAM PERSONNEL
2008 Forty years after it last won a team medal, gold at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, the Canadian Show Jumping Team once again stood on the podium. Mac Cone/Ole, Jill Henselwood/Special Ed, Eric Lamaze/Hickstead and Ian Millar/In Style completed the Team Final with a total score of 20 faults, as did the United States, to force a jump-off for the Gold Medal. 2008 The True Sport Foundation names Eric Lamaze Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year during their 36th Canadian Sport Awards ceremony.
YANN CANDELE Birthplace: Normandy, France Birthdate: March 11, 1971 Hometown: Caledon, Ontario
2009 Eric Lamaze reaches #1 in the FEI Rolex World Rankings. 2010 Eric Lamaze recaptures #1 in the FEI Rolex World Rankings. 2010 Eric Lamaze takes over top spot from long-time title holder Ian Millar on the Spruce Meadows All-time Money won list with earnings in excess of $2.7 million at the Calgary venue.
2010 • 1st $75,000 CN Nations’ Cup, CSIO4* WEF VIII, Wellington, FL, Pitareusa • 1st $30,000 WEF Challenge Round VII, CSI2* WEF VII, Wellington, FL, Pitareusa 2009 • 1st $150,000 Equestrian All Star Grand Prix, Ottawa, ON, Pitareusa • 1st $35,000 Kubota Canada Speed Challenge, Ottawa, ON, Pitareusa • 2nd $100,000 World Cup Grand Prix, CSI2*-W Palgrave, ON, Mustique • 1st $75,000 Brookstreet Grand Prix, CSI2* National Capital II, ON, Pitareusa • 1st $100,000 Grand Prix, CSI2* Summer Festival, Palgrave, ON, Mustique • 2nd $125,000 CN Grand Prix, CSI3* L’International Bromont II, QC, Pitareusa • 1st $32,000 Open Welcome, CSI2*-W Classique Blainville II, QC, Pitareusa • 1st $50,000 RBC Cup, CSI4* Spruce Meadows Canada One, AB, Pitareusa • 1st $20,000 Open Welcome, Caledon National, Palgrave, ON, Pitareusa • 1st $25,000 1.50m Classic, CSIO4* WEF VIII, Wellington, FL, Pitareusa
1997 chestnut Dutch Warmblood mare, 17hh by Indoctro Owner: Susan Grange Groom: Alison Maliatestinic
1997 bay Dutch Warmblood mare by Andiamo Owner: Susan Grange Groom: Fred Michelon
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2010 • 4th $300,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix of the Desert, HITS Thermal VI, CA, Southern Pride • 2nd $50,000 World Cup Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal V, CA, Ulano • 3rd $50,000 World Cup Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal IV, CA, Ulano • 5th $50,000 World Cup Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal III, CA, Ulano • 1st $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal II, CA, Ceonto • 3rd $40,000 Grand Prix, National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO, Southern Pride
HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • 1st €20,000 1.50m, CSIO5* Rome, ITA, Hickstead • 1st $75,000 CN Nations’ Cup, CSIO4* WEF VIII, Wellington, FL, Ronaldo
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia Birthdate: January 7, 1959 Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
2009 • 1st 200,000 Global Champions Tour Final Round 1, CSI5* Doha, QAT, Hickstead • 1st 120,000 Equita Masters by GPA, CSI5*-W Lyon, FRA, Hickstead • 2nd $1,000,000 CN International, CSIO5* Spruce Meadows Masters, AB, Hickstead • 2nd €285,000 Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, CSI5* Rio de Janeiro, BRA, Hickstead • 1st $35,000 D-Line Construction Cup, CSI5* S. Meadows N. American, AB, Hickstead • 1st $35,000 Spectra Energy Cup, CSI5* Spruce Meadows National, AB, Hickstead • 1st $75,000 CN Nations’ Cup, CSIO4* WEF VIII, Wellington, FL, Hickstead
1998 bay American-bred Holsteiner stallion by South Pacific Owner: Blair Cudmore Groom: John Pundyk
1996 brown Dutch Warmblood stallion, 16.2hh by Hamlet Owners: Torrey Pines Stables and Ashland Stables Inc. Groom: Delphine Rouston
1998 bay Dutch Warmblood by Heartbreaker Owner: Ashland Stables Groom: Delphine Rouston
JILL HENSELWOOD Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario Birthdate: November 1, 1962 Hometown: Oxford Mills, Ontario
ERIC LAMAZE Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec Birthdate: April 17, 1968 Hometown: Schomberg, Ontario
CealyTetley Cealy Tetley
2009 • 3rd $32,000 Caledon Cup Open Welcome, CSI2*-W Palgrave, ON, Southern Pride • 3rd $100,000 Summer Festival Grand Prix, CSI2* Summer Festival, ON, Southern Pride • 2nd $40,000 Equifest Grand Prix, Equifest II, Wayne, IL, Southern Pride • 2nd $50,000 Grand Prix of Denver, Colorado Summer Classic, CO, Ulano • 1st $25,000 MTS Allstream Grand Prix, Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, MB, Southern Pride • 3rd $450,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte, CSI5* Charlotte Jumper Classic, NC, Southern Pride • 1st (tied) $45,000 Grand Prix, National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO, Southern Pride • 1st (tied) $45,000 Grand Prix, National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO, Ulano
2010 • 1st $300,000 Grand Prix of the Desert, HITS Thermal VI, CA, Bottom Line • 1st $25,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal IV, CA, Bottom Line 2009 • 1st Leading Canadian Rider, CSI-W Toronto, ON, Bottom Line • 1st $100,000 CN World Cup Grand Prix, CSI-W Royal, Toronto, ON, Bottom Line • 3rd $75,000 Canadian Championships Round II, CSI-W Royal, Toronto, ON, Bottom Line • 2nd $100,000 USGPL Invitational Grand Prix, HITS Culpeper, VA, Bottom Line • 2nd $50,000 Grand Prix, Caledon National, Palgrave, ON, Special Ed • 2nd $50,000 Grand Prix, Classic @ Palgrave 1, ON, Special Ed
1994 bay Oldenburg gelding, 16.2hh by Argentinus Owner: Juniper Farms Groom: Jessica Dooley
1999 bay Belgian Warmblood mare, 16.2hh by Sheeyenne de Baugy Owner: Brad Prather Groom: Jessica Dooley
1997 bay Holsteiner gelding by Contender Owner: Millar Brooke Farm / Ian Millar Groom: Sandra Edenhall
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HIGHLIGHTS • 7th $30,000 WEF Challenge Round XI, CSI5* WEF XI, Wellington, FL, Contino 14 • 9th $30,000 WEF Challenge Round VIII, CSIO4* WEF VIII, FL, Contino 14 2009 • 5th $150,000 Equestrian All Star Grand Prix, Ottawa, ON, Contino 14 • 2nd €90,000 1.55m Nations’ Cup League Final, CSIO4* Barcelona, ESP, Contino 14 • 1st $10,000 Open Welcome, CSI2* National Capital II, Ottawa, ON, Contino 14 • 9th $100,000 Summer Festival Grand Prix, CSI2* Summer Festival, ON, Contino 14 • 8th $35,000 Spectra Energy Cup, CSI5* Spruce Meadows National, AB, Contino 14 • 5th $50,000 Grand Prix, Classic @ Palgrave 1, Palgrave, ON, Contino 14
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario Birthdate: September 25, 1974 Hometown: Perth, Ontario
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2010 • 4th $30,000 WEF Challenge Round IX, CSI3*-W WEF IX, Wellington, FL, Zeke • 10th $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic, CSI2* WEF VII, Wellington, FL, Zeke 2009 • 2nd €90,000 1.55m Nations’ Cup League Final, CSIO4* Barcelona, ESP, Zeke • 4th $32,000 1.50m Open Jumper, CSI3* L’International Bromont II, QC, Zeke • 4th $35,000 D-Line Construction Cup, CSI5* S. Meadows N. American, AB, Zeke • 10th $25,000 Devon Cup, CSI4* Spruce Meadows Continental, AB, Zeke • 6th $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix, CSI5* S. Meadows National, AB, Zeke • 5th $30,000 Enbridge Cup, CSI5* Spruce Meadows National, AB, Zeke • 8th $35,000 Jr./Am.-Owner Classic, CSI5* Charlotte Jumper Classic, NC, Zeke • 6th $25,000 Welcome Stake, CSI5* Charlotte Jumper Classic, NC, Zeke • 7th $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, CSI5* Tampa, FL, Zeke
HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • 8th $200,000 World Cup Grand Prix, CSI3*-W WEF IX, Wellington, FL, Celena Z • 3rd $30,000 WEF Challenge Round VIII, CSIO4* WEF VIII, FL, Celena Z 2009 • 7th $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge, CSI-W Royal, Toronto, ON, Celena Z • 7th $50,000 Weston Canadian Open, CSI-W Royal, Toronto, ON, Bethsabee • 5th $75,000 Canadian Championships II, CSI-W Royal, Toronto, ON, Celena Z • 3rd $25,000 Canadian Championships I, CSI-W Royal, Toronto, ON, Celena Z • 4th $150,000 Equestrian All Star Grand Prix, Ottawa, ON, Celena Z • 9th €90,000 1.60m Barcelona Grand Prix, CSIO4* Barcelona, ESP, Celena Z • 2nd €90,000 1.55m Nations’ Cup League Final, CSIO4* Barcelona, ESP, Celena Z • 4th $100,000 Summer Festival Grand Prix, CSI2* Palgrave, ON, Celena Z • 5th $125,000 CN Grand Prix, CSI3* L’International Bromont II, QC, Celena Z • 10th $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix, CSI5* S. Meadows National, AB, Celena Z • 24th World Cup Final, Las Vegas, NV, Celena Z • 1st $75,000 CN Nations’ Cup, CSIO4* WEF VIII, Wellington, FL, Celena Z
JENNA THOMPSON Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta Birthdate: April 20, 1988 Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
ZEKE 1997 chestnut Oldenburg gelding by Zeus Owner: Jenna Thompson Groom: Siobhan Fitzgerald
JOHN PEARCE Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario Birthdate: May 3, 1960 Hometown: Stouffville, Ontario
1996 grey Danish Warmblood gelding by Carano Owner: Alison Moore Groom: Ismael Hernandez
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KEEAN WHITE Birthplace: Cambridge, Ontario Birthdate: March 16, 1983 Hometown: Rockwood, Ontario
2000 bay Belgian Warmblood mare, 16.3hh by Cumano Owner: Ashland Group and Angelstone Farms Groom: Laura Neems
2001 chestnut Belgian Warmblood gelding by Darco Owner: Elm Rock LLC and Angelstone Farms Groom: Laura Neems
HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • 1st $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, HITS Thermal VI, CA, Son of a Gun • 1st $50,000 World Cup Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal IV, CA, Chianto • 1st $50,000 World Cup Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal III, CA, Son of a Gun • 2nd $30,000 HITS Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal III, CA, Chianto • 3rd $50,000 World Cup Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal II, CA, Son of a Gun • 2nd $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, CSI2*-W HITS Thermal II, CA, Chianto 2009 • 2nd $75,000 World Cup Grand Prix, CSI-W Rancho Murieta, CA, Chianto • 2nd $50,000 Antares World Cup Grand Prix, CSI-W Del Mar I, CA, Chianto • 2nd $25,000 Open Stake, CSI-W Los Angeles International, CA, Chianto • 1st $25,000 Blenheim Jumper Classic, CSI-W Oaks Blenheim, CA, Chianto • 1st $40,000 Grand Prix, Rocky Mountain Classic, CO, Son of a Gun • 1st $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Colorado Circuit Opener, CO, Chianto • 2nd $40,000 Las Campanas Grand Prix, Santa Fe, NM Chianto • 2nd $50,000 World Cup Grand Prix, CSI-W San Juan Capistrano, CA, Chianto • 2nd $50,000 World Cup Grand Prix, CSI-W San Juan Capistrano, CA, Chianto • 2nd $75,000 HITS Grand Prix, HITS Desert Circuit V, Thermal, CA, Son of a Gun
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What is Para-Dressage?
Para-Dressage sport provides riders with a physical disability the opportunity to compete against other riders with similar abilities. Riders are given a “Grade” based on their functional ability, and are judged on their riding skill against other athletes of the same Grade. There are five grades of competition in Para-Dressage, with Grade 1A representing the more severely impaired riders, and Grade IV representing the least severely impaired riders. Many Para-Dressage athletes also compete alongside able-bodied competitors in Equine Canada competitions. The competition within each grade is judged on the functional skill of the rider, and not the level of disability.
Para-Equestrian Canada implements a number of programs that support the development of athletes, coaches, officials, and competitions.
Karen Brain (Grade IV) riding Dasskara 3rd — Individual Championship (Bronze Medal) 3rd — Individual Freestyle (Bronze Medal)
Examples of the programs that are currently being implemented by Para-Equestrian Canada include • video competitions, • talent identification clinics, • competition grant opportunities, • coaching seminars, • judge, steward and classifier seminars, • rider classification sessions, • international competition hosting, • athlete funding assistance, • high performance training programs, and • general awareness campaigns.
Dax Adam (Grade II) riding Copper Rose 14th — Individual Championship 16th — Individual Freestyle
Para-Dressage is one of Canada’s most successful international disciplines, achieving an individual gold medal and an individual silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games, as well as two individual bronze medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games.
What is Equine Canada’s Para-Equestrian Canada? Para-Equestrian Canada is the Equine Canada committee responsible for developing programs for athletes with a physical disability, and implementing the Para-Dressage high performance program. ParaEquestrian sport is one of the newest disciplines at Equine Canada, having only been administrated within the organization since 2005.
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2004 Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece
Karen Brain (Grade IV) riding Monaco 9th — Freestyle Championship 18th — Individual Championship Eleonore Elstone (Grade IV) riding Rapido Ridge 12th — Freestyle Championship 8th — Individual Championship
Lauren Barwick (Grade II) riding Dior 7th — Individual Championship 6th — Individual Freestyle
Philip Wright (Grade IV) riding Sheepcote D. 24th — Freestyle Championship
Judi Island (Grade 1) riding Whirlwind 11th — Individual Championship Test
2007 FEI World Para-Equestrian Dressage Championships, Hartpury, UK Ashley Gowanlock (Grade 1b) riding Quentchen Gluck 3 8th — Freestyle Championship 7th — Individual Championship Lauren Barwick (Grade II) riding Fabiola 6th — Freestyle Championship 12th — Individual Championship Jennifer McKenzie (Grade II) riding Riva Dee 10th — Individual Championship
Dax Adam (Grade II) riding Donnymaskell 18th — Freestyle Championship 17th — Individual Championship
2008 Paralympic Games Beijing/ Hong Kong, China Ashley Gowanlock (Grade Ib) riding Donnymaskell 4th — Team Test 8th — Individual Freestyle Test 7th — Individual Championship Test Lauren Barwick (Grade II) riding Maile 1st — Individual Freestyle Test (Gold Medal) 2nd — Team Test 2nd — Individual Championship Test (Silver Medal)
Jennifer McKenzie (Grade II) riding Valentine II 11th — Team Test 16th — Individual Freestyle Test 16th — Individual Championship Test Eleonore Elstone (Grade IV) riding Lutke 9th — Team Test 12th — Individual Freestyle Test 11th — Individual Championship Test Karen Brain (Grade IV) riding VDL Odette 10th — Individual Freestyle Test 12th — Individual Championship Test
2009 Hartpury World Championships Lauren Barwick (Grade II) riding My Passion 4th — Team Test 4th — Individual Championship Test 6th — Individual Freestyle Test Lauren Barwick (Grade II) riding Fernhill Bella Donna 13th — Team Test 10th — Individual Championship Test 8th — Individual Freestyle Test Philip Wright (Grade IV) riding Diorissima 6th — Team Test 6th — Individual Championship Test 5th — Individual Freestyle Test
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HIGHLIGHTS CHEF D’EQUIPE
Andrea Taylor National Team Coach
Lynn Marshall Development Coach
Mary Longden International Coach Advisor
Birthdate: September 12, 1977 Birthplace: Langley, BC Hometown: Aldergrove, B.C. Coaches: Pat Parelli, Walter Zettle National Coach: Andrea Taylor
ATHLETE SUPPORT PERSONNEL
2010 • 1st Grade II Freestyle Test - Twice as Nice, Newberry, FL (NAT) riding Maile • 1st Grade II Team Test – Gold Coast Opener, Palm Beach, FL (NAT) riding Maile • 1st Grade II Freestyle Test, 1st in Grade II Team Test & 1st in Grade II Individual Championship Test – WindReach International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* riding Maile 2008 • Individual gold medal Grade II Freestyle test Beijing Paralympics riding Maile • Individual silver medal Grade II Individual test Beijing Paralympics riding Maile
1994 bay Dutch Warmblood mare, 16.3hh by Ijsselmeer Owner: Lauren Barwick
1999 brown Hannovarian gelding, 16.2hh by Lacantus Owner: Lori Garlough
HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • 4th Grade II Individual Championship Test – WindReach International Para-Dressage CPEDI3*riding Gitane D’Aubrac Fionna Christensen
Chelsea Van Lierde
2009 • 1st Grade III Freestyle Test & 1st in Grade III Team Test – Blainville International Classic riding Gitane D’Aubrac • Champion in Overall Grade III - 2009 La Féria de la Belle-Époque (EC Gold Show) riding Gitane D’Aubrac • Reserve Champion in Overall Grade III - 2009 Canadian ParaDressage Championships riding Gitane D’Aubrac
SHARON BUFFITT Birthdate: June 12, 1975 Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec Hometown: Pointe-Claire, Quebec Coach: Ariane Gauthier
GITANE D’AUBRAC Caroline Archambault
Alice Beatty Stable Manager
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1999 grey Canadian Warmblook mare, 16.2hh by Goldschlager Owner: Ecurie D’Aubrac Breeder: Ecurie D’Aubrac
FANCIANNA 2001 bay Warmblood mare, 16.3hh Owner: Robyn Andrews
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2010 • 1st in Grade IV Individual Championship Test – WindReach International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* riding Why Not G • 1st in Grade IV Team Test – WindReach International ParaDressage CPEDI3* riding Why Not G
2009 • 1st in Grade IV Team Test, Belgium International Para-Dressage • 2nd in Grade IV Individual Test, Belgium International ParaDressage CPEDI3* riding Maverick • 2nd in Grade IV Team test, 3rd in Grade IV Individual test & 3rd in Grade IV Freestyle test CPEDI3* Werribee, Australia riding Flowervale Metallic
WHY NOT G
2003 bay Dutch Warmblood gelding, 16.3hh by Quite Easy Owner: Kelleigh Kulscar and Eleonore Elstone
2010 • 2nd Grade 1a Individual Championship Test, 2nd in Grade 1a Team Test, 2nd in Grade 1a Freestyle Test – WindReach International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* riding MJ Fatal Atracson 2009 • 4th Grade 1a Team test CPEDI3* Werribee, Australia riding BP Winterstern
ELEONORE ELSTONE Birthdate: May 15, 1952 Birthplace: Duesseldorf, Germany Hometown: Langley, BC Coach: Leslie Reid National Coach: Andrea Taylor
Birth date: October 16, 1989 Birth Place: Vancouver, B.C. Home Town: Chilliwack, B.C. Coaches: Tom Berry (Chilliwack), Fionna Christensen (Maple Ridge)
MJ FATAL ATRACSON 1994 bay Anglo-Arab, 15.3hh by KLA Sundance Owner: Dr Philippa Keegan and Rachael Tipper
LUTKE 2001, black Friesian stallion, 16.1hh by Sape 381 Owner: Dr. T. Bianco
2010 • 1st in Grade 1b Individual Championship Test • 1st in Grade 1b Team Test • 1st in Grade 1b Team Test – WindReach International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* riding Donnymaskell
ASHLEY GOWANLOCK Birthdate: March 31, 1987 Birthplace: Surrey, BC Hometown: Vancouver, BC Coaches: Fionna Christensen and Andrea Taylor
DONNYMASKELL 1999 black Hanoverian gelding, 16.2hh by Donnerhall Owner: Alexander Mitchell
2009 • 1st in Grade 1b Freestyle Test • 1st Grade 1b Individual Test - The Festival CDI3*/Y/J, Rancho Murieta, CA, riding Donnymaskell • 5th Grade 1b Individual test CPEDI3* Werribee, Australia, riding Donnymaskell
2010 • 4th Grade IV Individual Championship Test • 4th Grade IV Team Test • 4th Grade IV Team Test – WindReach International Para-Dressage CPEDI3 riding McGuire
MADISON LAWSON Birthdate: January 9, 1994 Birthplace: North Bay, Ont. Hometown: Bonfield, Ont. Coach: Elaine Potter
2009 • 1st Grade III Team Test • 1st Grade III Individual Test • 1st Grade III Freestyle Test – Canadian Para-Dressage Championships riding McGuire • Champion in Para-dressage National Championships, Beaulieu, riding McGuire
1997 dark bay Registered Canadian Sport Horse, 16hh Owner: Madison Lawson
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HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • 3rd in Grade II Individual Test, 3rd in Grade II Team Test & 4th in Grade II Freestyle Test at WindReach International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* riding Sunbury Lodge Voodoo 2009 • 1st Grade II Individual Test & 1st in Grade II Team Test at North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Assoc riding Valentine II and Daisy • 1st Grade II Team test at CPEDI3* Werribee, Australia
JENNIFER MCKENZIE Birthplace: Vancouver, BC Hometown: Maple Ridge, BC Coaches: Fionna Christensen, Jan Jollymour National Coach: Andrea Taylor
SUNBURY LODGE VOODOO
1994 bay Canadian Warmblood mare, 16.2hh by Vulcan Owner: Jennifer McKenzie Breeder: Heather Heier
1995 black Warmblood gelding, 16.3hh by Vancouver II Owner: Violet McKenzie
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REINING TEAM PERSONNEL
REINING What is Reining Reining horses and riders complete intricate patterns using a set of barely perceptible cues. At reining competitions, horse and rider pairs are placed in classes sorted by their age, status (professional or amateur) and level of experience. At the top level of competition, competitors complete one of 10 patterns that demonstrate the athletic abilities of the horse and the subtle communication between horse and rider. Included in the patterns are several compulsory movements: varying circles, small slow circles, flying lead changes, roll backs, spins and the crowd pleasing sliding stop. Reining competitors also perform freestyles, in which they choreograph the compulsory movements to music. Freestyles are judged on level of difficulty as well as music and choreography. Reining is the latest discipline to be recognized by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). International reining competitions are now being held for both team and individual competitors worldwide. Reining was included at a medal discipline for the first time at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. At the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games, the Canadian Reining Team earned the Silver Medal for the team competition, and Duane Latimer took the individual Gold Medal for Canada. While reining is recognized by the FEI and performed at the World Equestrian Games, it is not an Olympic medal discipline.
What is Equine Canada’s Canadian Reining Committee?
The Canadian Reining Committee is the discipline committee of Equine Canada responsible for developing and implementing programs on behalf of the Reining community. The key role and responsibility of the CRC is to develop broad policy and objectives that will ensure that programs within the discipline are produced, implemented, and effectively evaluated.
In the upcoming months, the CRC will be tasked with establishing a plan and structure for the reining discipline that identifies how the sport will move within the Equine Canada and international (FEI) structure. This will include the development of reining programs such as competitions, officials, coaching and rules within the EC structure. The CRC will also maintain responsibility over the high performance programs including the approval of initiatives such as FEI competitions and the selection process for FEI teams and events.
Canada’s Reining History 2010
Canadian Reiners Sweep the Podium at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships
Alberta Reining Team Wins Gold at 2010 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships
Patrice St-Onge and Lisa Coulter Finish Fourth at the FEI World Reining Masters
Darcy Wilson Wins Reining Gold at 2009 North American
Chef d’équipe Wendy Dyer
Team Manager Wendy Gayfer
Junior and Young Rider Championships Alberta Reining Team Wins Bronze at 2009 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships
Canadian Lisa Coulter Wins Silver in the 2009 Reining Kentucky Cup CRI 4*Event
Canada Finishes Second in the 2009 Reining Kentucky Cup CRI 4*Event
World Equestrian Games — Aachen, Germany
Individual Gold—Duane Latimer / Hang Ten Surprize
Team Silver Luke Gagnon / Lil Santana Francois Gautier / Snow Gun Lance Griffin / Whiz N Tag Chex Duane Latimer / Hang Ten Surprize 2002
Shawna Sapergia captures Individual Silver at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain.
Francois Gauthier, Jason Grimshaw, Shawna Sapergia and Patrice St-Onge win Team Silver at the World Equestrian Games.
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2009 • 4th FEI World Reining Masters, Oklahoma City Hollywood Aces • 1st CRI Mexico Championships, Monterrey, Mexico, Western Whiz • 1st CRI Mexico Championships, Monterrey, Mexico, Western Whiz • 2nd CRI Mexico Championships, Monterrey, Mexico, Hollywood Aces • 1st Intermediate Open, Denver International Reining Festival, Western Whiz
2010 • 5th 4yr old Open Futurity Level 3&4, European Futurity, Kruith, Germany, Dreams and Prizes 2009 • 2nd 3yr old Open, German Futurity, Kruith, Germany, Dreams and Prizes
Birthplace: Burns Lake, British Columbia Birthdate: July 11, 1971 Hometown: Princeton, British Columbia
Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Birthdate: February 10, 1946 Hometown: Cochrane, Alberta
ITS WIMPYS TURN
2004 palomino Quarter Horse mare, 15.1hh by Wimpys Little Step Owner: Outrider Ranch
2003 bay Quarter Horse gelding, 14.3hh by West Coast Whiz Owner: Bob Thompson
2010 • 1st CRI 1* Chilliwack, BC, Canadian Reining Committee WEG Selection Trials, Dun Playing Tag
HIGHLIGHTS 2010 • 1st 4 yr old Open Derby, Reining Alberta Spring Classic, Red Deer, AB, Candy Tag • 2nd NRHA Open, Reining Alberta Spring Classic, Red Deer, AB, Its Wimpy’s Turn • 2nd 5 & 6 yr old Open Derby, Reining Alberta Spring Classic, Red Deer, AB, BL Whizabelle
2006 • Individual Gold Medal, World Equestrian Games, Aachen, GER, Hang Ten Surprize • Team silver, World Equestrian Games, Aachen, GER, Hang Ten Surprize
Birthplace: Bienfait, Saskatchewan Birthdate: January 17, 1963 Hometown: Ardmore, OK
Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Birthdate: January 6, 1975 Hometown: Cochrane, Alberta
DUN PLAYING TAG
THIS CHICS ON TOP
2004 red dun Quarter Horse gelding, sired by Whiz N Tag Chex Owner: Lance Griffin
2003 bay Quarter Horse mare, 15hh by Smart Chicolena Owner: Outrider Ranch
2009 • 1st Open to the World, Canadian Supreme, Red Deer, AB, This Chics of Top • 1st 3 yr old Open to the World, Canadian Supreme, Red Deer, AB, Sammie Little Step • 1st & 2nd tie 3 yr old Open, Reining Alberta Fall Classic, Olds, AB, Sammie Little Step & Candy Tag 2002 • Individual silver, World Equestrian Games, Jerez, ESP, Pretty Much Eagle • Team silver, World Equestrian Games, Jerez, ESP, Pretty Much Eagle
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VAULTING What is Vaulting? The sport of vaulting is a competitive discipline where both gymnastic and dance elements are combined and performed to music on a cantering horse. It requires a harmonious relationship with the horse and outstanding physical condition from the vaulter; these two elements are imperative if a display of strength, co-ordination, rhythm and balance is to be achieved. As an FEI recognized discipline since 1983, vaulters compete regionally, nationally and worldwide as individuals, pairs and teams. This variety of events creates an engaging competition for spectators as they watch athletes of all ages perform breathtaking routines that include artistic mounts and dismounts, shoulder stands and handstands on the horse, carrying or lifting another vaulter, kneeling and standing exercises. All vaulting competitions are held over two rounds composed of compulsory and freestyle tests. During Compulsory Tests vaulters must perform seven designated exercises that are scored on criteria on a scale from 1 to 10. Freestyle tests, performed to music, allow vaulters the artistic freedom of building both dynamic and static exercises to create an artistic performance. Each vaulter, pair or team creates their own routine to music of their choice.
2009 FEI World Vaulting Championships, Lexington, KY
vaulting programs. Judging is based on technique, form, difficulty, balance, security and consideration of the horse. Today, horse, longeur and vaulter are considered a competitive unit and the performance of each is reflected in the final score. Vaulters most important teammate, the horse, must be a consummate athlete with good character, temperament and balance being essential as 20% of the overall score comes from his way of going. The horse is guided on a longe line by a longeur, standing on the ground, who ensures that a steady, true, canter is maintained on a circle with a minimum diameter of 15m while the vaulter performs.
What is Equine Canada’s VaultCanada Committee? The VaultCanada Committee is the discipline committee of Equine Canada under Sport Council responsible for developing national competition and education programs, as well as coordinate the efforts of Canadians competing at FEI events. The VaultCanada Recreation and Development Committee is the discipline committee of Equine Canada under the Recreation Council and is responsible for coordinating education efforts among the provincial vaulting bodies, to produce shared resources, and collaborate on provincial
Canada’s Vaulting History
2010 CVI 1*/2* Chilliwack, British Columbia Colin Schmidt, head coach of the Cheam Vaulters, in Chilliwack, BC won the silver medal in the 2* men’s division at CVI 1*/2* Chilliwack, the first FEI-sanctioned equestrian vaulting competition ever organized by Canadians. Colin also won a special award for the best performance by a male athlete in the competition and earned the necessary qualifying points to be short listed for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. This historic competition featured 50 vaulters from Canada, the United States, Australia and China. With 11 competitors from Canada, this was the largest contingent of Canadian vaulters to ever compete at the FEI level. It was also a Future Champions event, an EC bronze level competition, which drew almost 150 vaulters from throughout western Canada and the United States. Three Canadian women competed in the CVI 2* event and also earned the qualifying points for the WEG team. Jeannine van der Sluijs of Meadow Creek Vaulters in Alberta finished with the highest score of the Canadians, Hannah Marland of Spruce Valley Vaulters, Alberta and Alisa Schmidt of Cheam Vaulters, Chilliwack, BC. Jeannine, who placed eighth in the women’s division also earned points from several European CVI competitions this season to place her at the top of the women’s standings for Canadians. Hannah and Alisa brought qualifying points with them into this competition from last summer’s CVI Kentucky, the vaulting test event for WEG and again scored the necessary points to be short listed for WEG. Six Canadians competed in the CVI Chilliwack 1*, the preliminary FEI vaulting event. This was the first time several of these vaulters have entered the international arena. Representing Canada were Shianne Hoffer from Alberta, and BC vaulters Danielle Kennedy, Tauren Deluca, Jessica Bentzen, Darla Ricka, Chesley Weirks and Raven Schmidt.
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Chelsey Wieks — 23rd Tauren Deluca — 24th Jessica Bentzen— 29th Raven Schmidt—33rd
2008 FEI World Vaulting Championships, Brno, Czech Hannah Marland — 35th Jennifer Townsend — 42nd
2008 National Vaulting Championships, Sydney, Australia Alissa Porter — 5th Colin Schmidt — 1st
VAULTING TEAM PERSONNEL
Chef d’équipe Marita Hoppe
Team Manager Wendy Gayfer
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2010 • 10th Individual Female CVI 2* Chilliwack (CAN)
2010 • 14th Individual Female CVI 2* Chilliwack (CAN)
2009 • 12th Individual Female CVI 2* LEXINGTON (USA) 2008 • 35th 2008 FEI World Vaulting Championships, Brno, Czech
Birthplace: Birthdate: July 27, 1991 Hometown: Rocky Mountain House, AB
Birthplace: Birthdate: September 26, 1985 Hometown: Chilliwack, British Columbia
1997 bay Westphalian, 18.3hh by Rosenkavalier Owner: Rebecca Marland Groom: Robyn Newfeld Lunger: Becky Marland
2002 paint Belgian Draft cross gelding, 16.2hh Owner: Rebecca Marland Groom: Jane Kopperl Lunger: Yossi Martonovich
1999 chestnut Belgian Draft gelding Owner: Josef Martonovich Lunger: Eric Martonovich Groom: Chelsey Wierks
2010 • 2nd Individual Male CVI 2* Chilliwack (CAN)
2010 • 8th Individual Female CVI 2* Chilliwack (CAN) • 15th Senior Individual Female CVI 2* Neeroeteren (BEL)
2008 • 1st 2008 National Vaulting Championships, Sydney, Australia
COLIN SCHMIDT Birthplace: Chilliwack, British Columbia Birthdate: July 10, 1978 Hometown: Chilliwack, British Columbia
2002 chestnut Belgian Draft gelding Owner: Noel Martonovich Lunger: Noel Martonovich
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JEANINE VAN DER SLUIJS Birthplace: The Netherlands Birthdate: January 29, 1987 Hometown: Olds, AB
OLIVER 1999 bay Warmblood gelding, by Beaujat Owner: Yossi and Josef Martonovich Groom: Jane Kopperl Lunger: Yossi Martonovich
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NON-FEI EQUESTRIAN SPORTS Canada’s great size and diverse landscape inspires participation in a wide range of equestrian disciplines other then those recognized by the FEI.
Canada is home to a wide variety of horse breeds. Some of which have unique characteristics that inspire breed specific shows. The Arabian horse is one of the oldest and purest breeds. They originate from the Bedouin dessert where they were prized as a family member and war horse for their beauty, strength and stamina. Arabians excel at many disciplines. An Arabian show will have a wide-range of classes including halter, english and western pleasure, hunter jumper, dressage, cutting, reining and driving to name a few. In 2009 Equine Canada was proud to announce Conley Driediger, aged 17 of Chilliwack, BC, the Equine Canada Junior Equestrian of the Year. The Gillian Wilson Award is given annually to the Junior Equestrian of the Year in recognition of a junior competitor who has made outstanding contributions to equestrian competition and who has exemplified exceptional talent, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport. Conley has been active in the Arabian horse industry for many years. In 2009 her achievements were second to none. Conley was ranked the number one Overall High Point Youth Competitor, in both Canada and the US, by the Arabian Horse Association with an impressive total of 485.5 points. On top of that Conley won over 30 classes in Canada at the Class A level in halter, hunter pleasure, country pleasure, show hack, sport horse under saddle and sporthorse in-hand divisions. She also earned seven Regional Championships, two reserve championships and two top five placings in sporthorse under saddle, sporthorse in hand, show hack, hunter pleasure, halter and country pleasure at Region 17. As if that wasn’t enough Conley did all that while maintaining a GPA of 88.65 at her high school and volunteering
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on a number of initiatives such as Global Education Group, her local Arabian club, and the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up. She also scored 99% on her grade 10 provincial science exam and 98% on her provincial English exam. Conley was also one of the few to score 4.0 on the AP English and Language exam in grade 11, earning her a university credit.
Arabian Associations in Canada All Arabians Horse Association. of BC: www.aahabc.com Arabian Horse Association of Eastern Canada: http://ahaec.on.ca
Cutting Related Associations in Canada
Barrel racing is a fast paced timed event. Horse and rider must circle three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern making as tight turns as possible to have the fastest time. A knocked down barrel adds five seconds to your time. Barrel horses must be willing to learn, respond quickly to cues and be able to perform flying lead changes.
Alberta Cutting Horse Association: http://acha.ca
British Columbia Cutting Horse Association: www.bcrcha.com Eastern Canadian Cutting Horse Association: www.eccha.net
Manitoba Cutting Horse Association: http://mcha.shawwebspace.ca National Cutting Horse Association: www.nchacutting.com
Barrel Racing Related Associations
Ontario Cutting Horse Association: www.ontariocuttinghorseassociation.com
Association du Cheval Arabe du Quebec: www.acaq.com
Alberta Barrel Racing Association: http:// albertabarrelracingassociation.webs.com/home.htm
Atlantic Canada Arabian Horse Association: www.acaha.com
British Columbia Barrel Racers Association: www.bcbra.com
B.C. Interior Arabian Horse Association: www.bciaha.com
Manitoba Barrel Racing Association: www.mbra.ca
Calgary Arabian Horse Association: www.calgaryarabian.com
Martime Barrel Racing Association: http://maritimebarrelracing.com
Canadian Arabian Horse Registry: www.cahr.ca
National Barrel Horse Association of Canada: http://nbhacanada.com
East Coast Arabian Horse Club of Nova Scotia: Email: email@example.com
New Brunswick/PEI Barrel Horse Association: www.npbha.org
Canada was built with the labour of draft horses and it has a long history of breeding and competition. The Canadian associations were formed between 1886 and 1910 and public policies provided the incentives for the breeding of superior stock.
Manitoba Arabian Horse Association
Ontario Barrel Racing Association: www.obra.ca Saskatchewan Barrel Racing Association: http://sbra6.webs.com
Region 17 (Western Canada): www.region17.com
Region 18 (Eastern Canada): http://region18.on.ca
Western disciplines originate from the early days of our Canadian west. Today many disciplines have branched out from the days of working horses on a ranch. Cutting is the ultimate display of a horse with cow sense. In a cutting event, horse and rider select and separate a cow from a small group and then the rider must loosen the rein making it solely the horse’s responsibility to keep the cow separated.
Saskatchewan Arabian Horse Association: www.saskarab.com
Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association: www.scha.ca The Canadian Cutting Horse Association: www.ccha.ca
Draft horses are shown in halter, under saddle, in single cart classes and in teams, unicorns, fours, sixes or eights hitched to a wagon. They are judged on their size, conformation, hoof quality, movement, adherence to the breed standard, and how well they are matched and working together when hitched. Today, Canadian producers maintain the skills of their forefathers. Equine Canada supports the export development promotions of their member associations in an effort to continue this tradition.
Draft Horse Associations in Canada Canadian Belgian Horse Association: www.canadianbelgianhorse.com Canadian Percheron Association: www.canadianpercherons.com Canadian Shire Horse Association: www.canadianshirehorse.com Clydesdale Horse Association of Canada: www.canadianclydesdales.com
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For those horse enthusiasts who do not ride, driving is another option for enjoying equine companions. Any breed of horse can be used for driving and people of all ages are attracted to it making driving one of the fastest growing sports in North America. There are four basic divisions: recreational driving, sanctioned competitions specifically for Pleasure Driving, Combined Driving and draft horses. Mostly everyone who drives a horse, pony, very small equine (less than 99 cm.), donkey, mule or zebra enjoys some form of recreational driving. Whether on private property, nearby roads or on the Trans-Canada trail, drivers enjoy exploring the countryside alone or in groups, either spontaneously or organized. Driving appeals to the entire family and spans all ages. It is common to see parents and their children working together and sharing the experience. Examples of some group activities include fun recreational events such as TREC driving or the more formal competitions of Pleasure driving with both ring and cross-country classes being judged on horsemanship, turnout and reinsmanship; or Combined Driving — a three competition including Driven Dressage, Marathon and Obstacle-cones components in varying formats from one to three or more days. There are also classes and competitions for those who prefer to drive draft horses, do distance drives, endurance drives and competitive trail driving.
Originally bred for carriage driving in England, Hackney horses are known for their distinctive high knee and hock action. They are often driven but can also compete in a variety of other disciplines. Hackney horses are can compete in hunter/jumper, dressage, eventing, english pleasure, and competitive trail riding/driving. Hackney ponies are a small version of the Hackney horse with the same distinctive movement. They are often seen shown in-hand or driving.
Hunter is another popular discipline in Canada. Unlike jumping which is judged on time the hunter horse is judged subjectively on conformation, movement and its ability to negotiate a jumping course. There are some outstanding equine athletes from the Canadian hunter ring who have been inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame.
Drive Canada is the national governing body for driving in Canada. Drive Canada’s objective is the development of athletes, both human and equestrian, for recreation and competitive sport. Drive Canada develops and manages national programs for coaches, licensed officials and rules based on safety, welfare of the horse and fairness in competition. Drive Canada and its technical committees are administered by the Canadian Driving Committee (CDC), a discipline committee member of the Equine Canada Sport Council. CDC members are elected on a rotational basis by the Regional Council which is composed of members from each region of Canada, elected annually. For more information on driving visit www.drivecanada.org.
Driving Related Associations in Canada Alberta Carriage Driving Association: www.albertadriving-acda.ca/About_us/about.htm BC Carriage Driving Society: www.bccarriagedriving.com/index.html Manitoba Driving Society: www.manitobadrivingsociety.com/index.htm Nova Scotia Driving Society: www.novascotiadrivingsociety.ca Saskatchewan Pleasure Driving Association: www.wdm.ca/whatsnew/ PleasureDrivers.htm 62 — FROM MEADOWS TO MEDALS The Canadian Equine Experience
Canada’s most successful Hackney is undoubtedly Mark of Excellence for his contribution to the Hackney breed. “One Canadian owned Hackney that has given me goose bumps is Mark of Excellence,” says Jeff McCormick, president of the Canadian Hackney Society. “There is no other Hackney that has had more impact on the Hackney breed in Canada in the past twenty years than Mark of Excellence.” Mark of Excellence is a Hackney pony cob tail stallion sired by Mark of Success and out of Apollo’s Fashionette. Mark was imported to Canada as a yearling by Larry and Diane Ella and John and Paula Goncalves. He made his show ring debut as a four-year-old and in that first year won the 1994 World Grand Champion title in Louisville, Kentucky. Despite Mark of Excellence’s short show career he had time to add numerous Canadian championship titles to his resume. At the age of 10 Mark of Excellence was retired from showing to focus on breeding. This was perhaps the most remarkable part of Mark’s career. Despite the fast that his breeding was kept extremely limited Mark of Excellence sired an impressive number of Hackneys that have since become Canadian and World Champions. It is not uncommon to see the top two or three Hackneys at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to be the progeny of Mark of Excellence. Mark of Excellence is now owned by Larry and Diane Ella and resides at Ella Stables in Schomberg, Ontario. At twenty-years-old Mark of Excellence is still making his mark on the Hackney breed, Larry currently has two mares in foal to Mark for next year.
Hackney Associations in Canada Canadian Hackney Society: www.hackney.ca Ontario Hackney Association: www.hackney.ca/ontario
Just Cruising, a 16hh Thoroughbred gelding owned by Randy and Cathy Roy, tried many disciplines before finding his calling in the hunter ring. Once there, his career soared and he was successful for many years until his retirement. Dr. Schpiegle, was an off-the-track thoroughbred owned by Elliot Cottrelle who won many championship titles throughout Ontario, Quebec and Lake Placid. At age 15 after winning yet another Royal Championship, Dr. Schpiegle was retired at the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair while still at the height of his career. Blue By You was a dark bay Thoroughbred gelding who got his name from the blue sheen that emanated from his coat. In his first year of showing as a four-year-old Blue become the Reserve Zone Champion in the Green Working Hunter division at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Afterwards he showed south of the border with unparalleled success and then took a clean sweep of the indoor circuit becoming the champion in five Canadian and American cities. Blue By You was owned by Mr. Jamie Gairdner. Still Photography
War Bond was owned by the Cudney family of Winoma, Ontario. They owned many elite hunter and jumper horses. War Bond had sleeker, more athletic conformation than the average Thoroughbred of the time. The Cudney’s realized this was beneficial for a hunter horse and enrolled War Bond in the Light-Weight Conformation and Open Working Hunter divisions where he was rarely beaten. His success contributed to the new, lighter breed of hunter horse. Jump Canada is the committee of Equine Canada responsible for all hunter, equitation and jumper activities in Canada from the grass roots to the international level. Jump Canada is governed by a board, the majority of whose members are elected by the stakeholders in the sport. For more information regarding Jump Canada programs and activities visit www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada.
Hunter Associations in Canada Alberta Hunter Horse Society: www.albertahunterhorse.ca/index.htm BC Hunter Jumper Association: www.bchja.com Manitoba Hunter Jumper Association:www.mhja.ca Newfoundland Hunter Jumper Association: www.nlhunterjumper.webs.com Nova Scotia Hunter Jumper Association:www.nshj.ca Ontario Hunter Jumper Association: www.ohja.ca PEI Hunter/Jumper Association: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Saskatchewan Hunter/Jumper Assoc.: Email: email@example.com Trillium Hunter Jumper Association: www.trilliumhunterjumperassociation.ca
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A Morab is a combination of two already popular breeds, the Arabian and the Morgan. Blending these two breeds gives you the first generation of a Morab. From then on the Morab is bred to Morab. With the wonderful presence of the Morgan and the beauty of the Arabian, it is not hard to believe that this combination would produce anything less than a well balanced, well tempered and beautiful horse. Known to be powerful and muscular yet exhibit grace and refinement, the Morab is a favourite for many disciplines.
Morgans are another unique breed in Canada that have their own breed specific shows. The Morgan breed originates from a small, bay stallion of unknown origin but who was strong, fast and a hard worker. The stallion became named after his owner, Justin Morgan and eventually the name stuck with his offspring who were as unique as their founding father.
Monica Grundmann and her stallion Excalibur Legend are quickly becoming famous within the Morab breed in Canada. Purchased from Excalibur Ranch in Alberta, Excalibur Legend now resides with Monica at her Silhouette Stables in Bainsville, Ontario. Over the last five years Monica has been training Legend in dressage and jumping though her ultimate goal has always been to compete with him in endurance and competitive trail riding. In 2007 the pair won the Canadian National Morgan Championship and were awarded the award for the Halter Hall of Fame with Morab Canada. In 2009 Monica was contacted by Mary Lou Wells, author of “The Illustrated Guide to the Morab Horse.” Mary Lou Wells wanted Excalibur Legend to be featured on the cover of her book. As a result this great Canadian stallion graced the front cover of the first book ever written about Morabs. In 2009 Monica began to live her dream of competing with Legend in competitive trail riding. The pair were extremely successful. Their most recent achievement was winning the Novice Division of the Canadian National Championship Competitive Trail Competition held in New Lowell, Ontario in July 2010. Monica’s goal this year is to win the Rookie award and continue next year in the Open Division with the Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association. Legend is recognized as a gold level breeding stallion and has sired many promising offspring. Monica’s goal is to put Morabs on the map and in history books to make people aware of what an amazing breed they are. For more information on the Canadian Morab Association visit www.morab.ca.
Today the Morgan remains an extremely v ersatile breed. A Morgan show is comprised of a large variety of disciplines. The ultimate level of competition is to compete at the Morgan Grand National in Oklahoma City. Morgan horses have been coming into Canada for decades however the first Morgan registered in the General Stud and Herd Book wasn’t until 1938 when Upwey Liona was imported into Quebec. The Canadian Morgan Horse Association was formed in 1960. The Telus Battle of the Breeds is an event unique to North America and is one of the most popular events at the Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament, now in its 35th year. In 2009, 12 breeds vied to be recognized as the most versatile. Each four-member team competes in the battle’s five different events: Compulsory Skills, Precision Driving, Jeopardy Jumping, Barrel Racing and Trail Riding. Two riders from each team compete in each event, with points awarded according to placement. Riders must be well versed in both Western and English and Driving disciplines.
Morgan Associations in Canada
In 2009, Team Morgan consisted of Captain Cec Watson and his horse, JMF Beam Walker, Deb Clary and her horse, TLR Night Image; Katie Duke and her horse, Blue Diamond Dancer; and Amanda Ellison and her horse, STM Victory’s Foxy Lady.
Alberta Morgan Horse Club: albertamorganhorseclub.com
Team Morgan’s most successful events are usually Trail Riding, Precision Driving and Compulsory Skills. In 2009 they continued this tradition by winning Trail Riding and Precision Driving and placing 2nd in Compulsory Skills. However the competition was tense right until the end with scores tied going into the last event, Trail Riding. Deb Clary and Cec Watson ended up with matching scores and the fastest times helping Team Morgan win for the third time, adding to their wins in 2000 and 2001.
Canadian Morgan Horse Association: www.morganhorse.ca
Versatility makes the Morgan a very popular breed which was demonstrated when Team Morgan also won the Telus Fan Favorite award. This award was new for 2009 and required the audience to text the publicized number of their favorite breed.
Ontario Morgan Horse Club: www. ontariomorgan.on.ca
British Columbia Interior Morgan Horse Club: www.zoominfo.com/people/Gajowski_ Lori_734186780.aspx
Polo Blending together speed, skill and excitement, polo demands the utmost of horse and rider and has become a very popular spectator sport. With two teams of four riders on horseback, each brandishing a long mallet, polo resembles a game of hockey on horseback. In a polo match there are six, seven minute long periods called chukkers. With the strategy and speed involved polo is exhilarating to watch and easily one of the most demanding sports for the athletes. In fall 2008 Canada made history with the creation of their first-ever intercollegiate polo team. The Kemptville Koyotes are based out of the University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus in Kemptville, Ontario. They practice with their team coach, George Bezak at the Augusta Polo Club. The Koyotes travel south of the border to compete in the United States Polo Association’s intercollegiate league.
Morgan Horse Club of Nova Scotia: www.nsmorgans.org New Brunswick Morgan Horse Club: www.nbmorganhorseclub.info
For more information on this or other Polo activities in Canada visit www.polocanada.ca.
Quebec Morgan Horse Club Saskatchewan Morgan Horse Club: www.saskmorganhorse.ca
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Quarter Horse Racing
Quarter Horse racing is one of three types of racing found in Canada as well as the fastest! Quarter Horses are named for their ability to run a quarter of a mile faster than any other horse.
Before the automobile when horses were the primary mode of transportation, great pride was taken in having a fine driver, also known as a road horse or roadster. Used primarily as personal transportation for country doctors, preachers and farmers, these horses were admired for both their speed and beauty. Challenges and competitions were often staged to determine who had the fastest horse, and local bragging rights. Today’s road horse evokes images of this bygone era.
Quarter Horse Associations in Canada Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association: www.aqhra.ca Ontario Quarter Horse Association: www.oqha.on.ca/index.html Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario: www.qrooi.com Ontario Racing Commission: www.ontarioracingcommission.ca Manitoba Quarter Horse Racing Association: www.mqha.ca/racing_page.htm
Today, road horses are exclusively Standardbred trotters. This versatile breed is best known as a harness race horse and many of the horses seen in the show ring have competed as race horses on the track. The ideal road horse will have an attractive appearance, balanced conformation, exhibit a free and easy trot gait, and be well mannered. Known as the speed horse of the show ring, much enthusiasm is expressed by the crowd when these brilliant animals are exhibited. Roadsters enter the ring in a clockwise direction at a jog, and are then asked to increase speed to a “road gait.” After reversing to the counterclockwise direction, they are presented again at a jog, a road gait, and then at speed or “drive-on.” All speeds are exhibited while maintaining a trot. The entries are then lined up in the centre of the ring for the judge’s final inspection of conformation and manners. For more information on the Road Horse and The Canadian Road Horse Association visit www.roadhorse.ca
Rodeo Rodeo celebrates the romance and culture that existed in the old west and helps us remember the importance of our heritage. Rodeo consists of numerous exhilarating events that demand the ultimate strength and skill from its participants. Events such as saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and team roping are all incorporated into a rodeo.
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Canadian contributions to rodeo are significant. Raymond Knight from Raymond, Alberta, was the first person to host a rodeo to Canada he also coined the phrase, “stampede.” Earl Bascom, a Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame cowboy was known as an inventor, designer and creator of the first-ever hornless bronc saddle and the first one-hand bareback bronc rigging. These inventions are now used world-wide at professional rodeos. Earl also designed and created the first high-cut riding chaps which are also a standard today.
Earl and his brothers, Raymond, Melvin and Weldon grew up involved in rodeos. Together they built the first side-delivery rodeo chute. A few years later, Earl and his father, John, designed and built the first reverse opening rodeo chute, which is standard design today. Aside from this, Earl was also an avid rodeo participant, western artist and sculptor. Because of his art Earl was the first cowboy elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Arts of London, England. Calgary, Alberta is home to the “Greatest Show on Earth,” the Calgary Stampede. The tenday event, attracts over one million visitors per year and features the world’s largest rodeo, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions. The Stampede’s roots are traced to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its first fair. American promoter Guy Weadick launched the first rodeo in 1912 though the second was not held until 1919 when the Victory Stampede was organized to honour soldiers returning from World War I. A 1923 merger with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition created the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede and it has been an annual event since. Canada also boasts the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) which gives students a chance to compete in these exciting rodeo events. NHSRA members compete at provincial/state levels for local recognition and the top four contestants in each event qualify for the National High School Finals Rodeo held annually in July. Over 1,500 contestants from each of the more than 40 province/state associations compete for national titles, awards and scholarships. As with great rodeos, Canada has created some great rodeo horses. Born on the prairie grasslands, Kingsway Skoal grew in the wild as just one of a group, but it soon became clear to the owners of the Franklin Ranch that he was remarkable. Kingsway Skoal first caught public attention during the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. A rodeo was staged as a cultural event and, during the festivities, he was awarded a special Gold Medal for his performance. That was just the start. From then on, Kingsway Skoal took every major award there is in professional rodeo. Now retired, Kingsway Skoal will long be remembered as one of the greatest Canadian horses of all time.
High School Rodeo Associations Alberta High School Rodeo: www.albertahsrodeo.com BC High School Rodeo: www.bchsra.org Manitoba High School Rodeo Association: http://mhsra.ca Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Association: www.shsra.com The National High School Rodeo Association: www.nhsra.com
Professional Rodeo Associations: Association Des Cowboys de l’Est du Canada BBC: Rodeo Assoc. www.rodeobc.com Canadian Professional Rodeo Association: www.rodeocanada.com Central Alberta Rodeo Assoc.: www.cararodeo.com Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Assoc.: www.mrcarodeo.com Ontario Rodeo Assoc.: www.orarodeo.com
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The American Saddlebred was developed to meet the American pioneer’s need for a versatile farm and road horse. The horses had to be beautiful yet hardy, docile yet flashy, and above all comfortable under saddle for days at a time. The American Saddlebred developed these qualities from selective breeding between Narragansett Pacers for their naturally easy gaits and early Thoroughbreds for their size and quality.
Saddle Seat was developed as a style of riding “gaited” horses in order to show them off to their greatest advantage. “Gaited” horses include such breeds as American Saddlebreds, Tennessee Walking Horses, and Rocky or Kentucky Mountain Horses. Arabians and Morgans can also be ridden in the saddle seat style.
Today, the American Saddlebred is still the ultimate show horse, high-stepping and elegant. A show horse is a spectacle of beauty and grace, but it is also an intense athletic competitor. In the show ring, American Saddlebreds compete in five primary divisions: Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited, Fine Harness, Park and Pleasure. Each division has its own “look” and desired traits; however, all strive to meet the model of an ideal American Saddlebred. They are judged on performance, manners, presence, quality and conformation. Each of the following divisions offers “opeºn” classes in which entries may be shown by professionals or amateurs. There are other classes within the division that are specifically for amateurs, ladies, gentlemen and juvenile riders. In larger shows, these designations may be subdivided into competitions for stallions, mares or geldings, or by the size of the horse or age of the rider.
Saddlebred Associations in Canada The American Saddlebred Horse Association of Canada: www.saddlebredcanada.com The American Saddlebred Horse Association: www.asha.net
Saddle Seat riding and the breeds associated with it were, for the most part, developed in the United States by plantation farmers; the horses and method of riding them had to be comfortable enough to spend hours in the saddle overseeing plantations, but also showy enough to take to town. Saddle Seat saddles have a cutback pommel to make room for the horses withers, and are placed so that the flap sits behind the shoulder and the seat is horizontal on the horse’s back. Riders carry their hands higher than other styles of riding, in order to achieve the proper balance in accordance with the high head set desired in the show ring. Saddle Seat show horses may be specially shod by farriers to complement their brilliant movement. Saddle Seat competitions are divided into divisions which can be outlined by rider age, horse age and experience, the number of gaits performed (either three gaits or five) or such designations as Open or Pleasure. The different breeds have their own distinct divisions. Arabians can show as either Park, English Pleasure or Country English Pleasure. Morgans can show as Park, English Pleasure or Classic Pleasure. Saddlebreds can show as FiveGaited, Three-Gaited, Show Pleasure or Country Pleasure. Tennessee Walkers can show as Plantation Pleasure or Performance.
Saddle Seat Associations in Canada Saddleseat Canada www.saddleseatcanada.com
Standardbred Associations in Canada
Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada, is the only racetrack in North America that hosts Thoroughbred and Standardbred races on the same day.
Alberta Standardbred Horse Association: www.asha.ab.ca
Today’s Standardbreds can all be traced back to Hambletonian 10 whose grand-sire was Messenger, an English Thoroughbred. Hambletonian 10’s offspring were the first horses to meet the standards required to be part of the National Association of Trotting Horse Breeders which was started in 1867. The high standards of the association led to the breed to be aptly named the Standardbred.
Harness Racing BC: www.harnessbc.ca
In 1909, the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society was created to manage the official registry of Standardbred horses in Canada. In 1939, the Canadian Trotting Association was formed as the record-keeping and licensing body. The two organizations were merged in 1998 to form Standardbred Canada. At the end of each year, Standardbred Canada announces the winner of the O’Brien Award. This is Canada’s award of excellence in Standardbred racing which is named after the great maritime horseman Joe O’Brien. Voters from across the country choose the horses and people that they feel are deserving of this award.
Central Ontario Standardbred Association: www.cosaonline.com Manitoba Standardbred Industry: www.msri.ca Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission: www.mphrc.ca New Brunswick Horse Racing: www.nbhorseracing.ca Ontario Harness Horse Association: www.ohha.ca Ontario Racing Commission: www.ontarioracingcommission.ca PEI Harness Racing Industry Association: www.peiharnessracing.com Quebec Trotting and Pacing Association: www.trotetamble.ca/en/historique.htm Standardbred Canada: www.standardbredcanada.ca
During his illustrious career Joe O’Brien trained and drove Armbro Flight. When Armbro Flight retired in 1966 she was the greatest money-winning Canadian-owned Standardbred, regardless of age, sex or gait, in history and the greatest money-winning trotting mare in North America. She had also set five world records and was voted Canadian Trotting Association “Horse of the Year” for three consecutive years. www.davelandryphoto.com
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Team penning is another equestrian sport that involves herding cattle. It is a true spectator sport that is almost as exciting to watch as it is to play. Team Penning consists of a team of three riders on horseback who have from 60 to 90 seconds (depending on the class or the sanctioning of the event) to separate three specifically numbered cattle from a herd of 30. The specific cattle must also be put into a smaller pen with an opening which is at the opposite end of the arena. At the same time, the riders must also ensure that the cattle with the wrong numbers stay back and do not mix with their separated cattle.
One of the largest non-FEI equestrian sports is racing. In Canada Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse racing are thrilling sports that draw enthusiast to the sidelines where they bet on their favorites.
The Welsh Pony originates from Wales in the United Kingdom where they were bred to be hardy and versatile. The breed is split into four categories: the Welsh mountain pony (Section A), the Welsh pony (Section B), the Welsh pony of cob type (Section C), and the Welsh Cob (Section D). All types have in common flashy movement and delicate facial features however vary in size. Due to the variation in type the Welsh is a very versatile breed, great for children or adults and for riding or driving.
In Canada the national association for team penning is the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association. This association has many provincial affiliates. Also in Canada there are some non-affiliated provincial associations and many local clubs. This makes team penning a great equestrian sport for people of all ages and experience levels to become involved in.
Team Penning Related Associations in Canada Alberta Team Cattle Penning Association: www.atcps.ca BC Team Cattle Penning Association: www.bctcpa.com Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association: www.canadianpenning.com/CTCPA/ index.asp Cattleman’s Team Cattle Penning Association: www.altacattlepenning.com Central Alberta Team Penning Association: www.catcpa.com/catpa Central BC Team Penning Association: www.cbctpa.com/cbctpa Chinook Team Penning Association: www.chinookpenning.com/ctpa Eastern Ontario Team penning Association: www.eotpa.org Lakeland Team Cattle Penning Association: http://lakelandteampenning.com Manitoba Team Penning Association: www.mantcpa.com/mantcpa PEI Team Penning: www.peiteampenning.org Saskatchewan Team Penning Association: www.sasktcpa.com/sasktcpa South Country Team Cattle Penning Association: www.sctpa.ca/SouthCountry Western Ontario Team Cattle penning association: www.teampenning.ca
The Canadian Triple Crown is the most prestigious victory for a Thoroughbred in the country. It consists of winning three races, The Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack, the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack and the Breeder’s Stakes also at Woodbine Racetrack. Only seven horses had accomplished this since the first winner in 1959.
Welsh Associations in Canada Association des Poneys Welsh & Cob du Quebec: www.welshquebec.com
Canada’s most successful Thoroughbred would be Northern Dancer who, in 1964 was the first Canadian horse to win the Kentucky Derby setting a record time that was not beaten until 1973 by Secretariat. Northern Dancer also took a second jewel in the American Triple Crown that year, the Preakness and also won the Queen’s Plate. Upon retirement from racing Northern Dancer continued his success becoming one of the most successful racing sires in racing history. In recognition of his achievements Northern Dancer is one of only two horses inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame; the other being world renowned show jumper Big Ben.
BC Welsh Pony & Cob Association: www.bcwelshponyandcob.ca
Manitoba Welsh Pony & Cob Association Welsh Pony & Cob Association of Alberta: www.albertawelshponyandcob.com
Canada’s greatest racehorse could only be beaten with the help of a Canadian jockey. In 1973 Secretariat’s record breaking win at the Kentucky Derby was guided by New Brunswick’s Ron Turcotte. In that year Turcotte rode Secretariat to win the American Triple Crown. He had become one of North America’s leading jockeys. Undoubtedly one of Canada’s most accomplished jockey’s would be Sandy Hawley. Originally from Oshawa, ON, Sandy was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1986. Riding and winning races across Canada and the United States Sandy earned numerous awards for his achievements. Probably one of the biggest awards Sandy received which transcends sports is the Order of Canada for outstanding accomplishments by a Canadian citizen. Later in his life Sandy came out of retirement to ride in the Living Legends race at Santa Anita, California. Here he claimed his final win, six and a half lengths ahead of the some of the greatest jockeys in North America. This brought his total number of wins to a nice, round 6,450, a satisfactory number for Sandy to retire with. Today Sandy is an on-air racing analyst and racing ambassador for Woodbine Entertainment.
Welsh Pony & Cob Association of Ontario: www.welshpony.on.ca/ joomla159/index.php
Welsh Pony & Cob Society of Saskatchewan
Thoroughbred Associations in Canada Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame: www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com/index.cfm
Welsh Pony and Cob Society of Canada: www.welshponyandcob.org
Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society: www.cthsnational.com CTHS Alberta Division: www.cthsaalta.com CTHS British Columbia Division: www.cthsbc.org CTHS Manitoba Division: www.cthsmb.ca CTHS Ontario Division: www.cthsont.com
CTHS Saskatchewan Division: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org CTHS Quebec Division: (416) 675-1370 Ontario Racing Commission: www.ontarioracingcommission.ca
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Western Pleasure In western pleasure, horses are judged at the walk, jog and lope in each direction. The qualities that the judge is looking for include quality of movement including slow rhythmic gaits and a calm temperament enabling them to stay quiet and travel on a loose rein. Ultimately the horse must be a pleasure to ride. Western pleasure classes can be found at many local level shows as open classes where all breeds can participate together. At higher levels western pleasure tends to be restricted to specific breed shows where the judging specifications can be adapted for that breed’s conformation and movement. Breed associations that include western pleasure classes in their shows are: All Arabians Horsian Horse Association: www.acaha.com B.C. Interior Arabian Horse Association: www.bciaha.com Calgary Arabian Horse Association: www.calgaryarabian.com Canadian Morgan Horse Association: www.morganhorse.ca Canadian Quarter Horse Association: www.cqha.ca Manitoba Arabian Horse Association: www.maha.ca Region 17 (Western Canada): www.region17.com Region 18 (Eastern Canada): http://region18.on.ca Saskatchewan Arabian Horse Association: www.saskarab.com
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Canada is an outstanding leader in the field of equine industry and husbandry and its reputation is demonstrated through the depth of support it receives from federal and provincial governments, not-for-profit agencies, educational institutions, breed associations and the thousands of individuals and businesses that contribute to Canada’s catalogue of achievements.
Canada’s Promise Canada is a quality producer of horses suitable for racing, FEI and non-FEI sport, breed-specific competition and breeding. It has an excellent pool of equine genetics and inventory of horses suitable for competitive and recreational success and its equine industry exemplifies the attributes of the Canada Brand Promise:
C O toM MITMENT continuous improvement and to building relationships and working with buyers to offer solutions and support that help them meet their needs
FOREWORD FROM BREEDS & INDUSTRY DIVISION The Breeds & Industry Division of Equine Canada is responsible for managing and coordinating all programs, services and activities relating to the business and breeding of horses. Our members include not only breed associations and registries but also veterinarians, colleges and other industry providers. Our focus is the horse. Ongoing programs include leading the Equine Traceability program for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, which augments our earlier initiative supporting lifetime, single number identification for horses in Canada and worldwide. The health and welfare of the horse is an integral part of our mandate and we consult frequently with government agencies on issues such as disease outbreaks, border crossing, medication, etc., and post updates and bulletins on our website.
For the benefit of all members, the Equine Canada Export Market Development Strategy promotes Canadian-bred horses suitable for racing, FEI and non-FEI sport, breed-specific competition and breeding and assists the equine industry to increase opportunities in the global marketplace. Support is provided through the AgriMarketing Program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, which strives to brand Canadian agriculture as a whole in international markets. On behalf of the members of the Breeds & Industry Division, I wish to extend congratulations and good luck to all competitors at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Regardless of the finish, we are all winners because of our opportunity to form a unique bond with our equine companions.
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Breed Associations of Canada
THE ANIMAL PEDIGREE ACT
Government Protection for Canada’s Equine Breeds
In 1900, the Government of Canada passed the Livestock Pedigree Act, a federal government statute that defined the legal framework under which breed associations could be established. It ensured that only single national authorities could register animals, thus preventing multiple associations from forming and registering similar animals. Since its revision in 1988, the new Act, known as the Animal Pedigree Act (APA), has gone a step further by clearly defining the genetic ground rules for registering animals and it includes new ideas and knowledge pertinent to the equine breeding sector. The basis of this federal act is to ensure that accurate pedigree information is recorded and preserved on a national basis, thereby improving animal breeds and livestock in general. Secondly, by developing consistent national standards for the representation of an animal’s genetic background, the integrity of the information for domestic and foreign trade purposes is increased and it provides protection to buyers of breeding stock. The purposes of the Animal Pedigree Act (1988) are: a) to promote breed improvement, and b) to protect persons who raise and purchase animals by providing for the establishment of animal pedigree associations that are authorized to register and identify animals that, in the opinion of the Minister, have significant value. Currently, 26 Canadian breed associations for horses, ponies, donkeys and mules derive their legal authority through APA incorporation. The purpose of an association is the registration of animals and the keeping of pedigrees. Each has the sole
authority to manage a public registry for the breed, issue registration certificates, establish breed standards and rules of eligibility for registration, and define what is a purebred. Approval is given to associations where it is expected that the keeping of pedigrees and other records of a breed “would be beneficial to the breeders and to the publicat-large.” Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they “represent the breeders throughout Canada” of the breed in respect of which they are seeking incorporation. In order to be able to function in a democratic fashion, they must be able to demonstrate they can represent the majority of breeders and also address the concerns of the minority. Breed associations are not exclusive clubs. They are non-profit corporations which are federally mandated to administer the affairs of their breed in Canada in a democratic fashion and in accordance with the Act, their articles of incorporation and their by-laws. The APA is administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) through the office of the Animal Registration Officer. AAFC works with other Canadian government departments that create legislation and policy as well as with nongovernmental bodies and international entities to ensure that consistency in regards to the APA is respected. AAFC has a limited supervisory role over associations but it can act in an advisory capacity when required. For more information, visit www.agr.ca. Source: Animal Pedigree Act - Secretary’s Manual, January 2000
Canadian Livestock Records Corporation In operation since 1905, the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation (CLRC) is a private, nonprofit organization that provides national pedigree service for purebred and non-purebred livestock in Canada. It is incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act, which is federal legislation that regulates the keeping of all animal pedigree records in Canada. Various breed associations are also incorporated under the same Act, and any association so incorporated may become a member of CLRC. At present there are approximately fifty member associations for which records are being maintained. In addition, CLRC administers, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the General Stud and Herd Book for breeds for which no association has been formed in Canada. CLRC offers a fully integrated database including both registration and performance information. Visitors to www.clrc.ca can access member and pedigree information in each association’s section of the CLRC website. Source: Canadian Livestock Records Corporation
American Saddlebred Horse Association of Canada Incorporated 1948 www.saddlebredcanada.com
Canadian Morgan Horse Association Incorporated 1968 www.morganhorse.ca
Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Incorporated 1954 www.appaloosa.ca
Canadian Palomino Horse Association Incorporated 1952 www.clrc.ca/palomino.shtml
Canadian Arabian Horse Registry Incorporated 1958 www.cahr.ca
Canadian Percheron Association Incorporated 1907 www.canadianpercherons.com
Canadian Belgian Horse Association Incorporated 1907 www.canadianbelgianhorse.com
Canadian Pony Society Formed 1901, Incorporated 1908 www.clrc.ca/pony.shtml
Canadian Connemara Pony Society Incorporated 2006 www.canadianconnemara.org
Canadian Quarter Horse Association Reactivated 2001 www.cqha.ca
Canadian Donkey and Mule Association Incorporated 1988 www.donkeyandmule.com
Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse Incorporated 1982 www.crtwh.ca
Canadian Fjord Horse Association Incorporated 1980 www.cfha.org
Canadian Shire Horse Association Formed 1888, Incorporated 1984 www.canadianshirehorse.com
Canadian Hackney Society Formed 1892, Incorporated 1901 www.hackney.ca Canadian Haflinger Association Incorporated 1982 www.haflinger.ca Canadian Horse Breeders’ Association / Société des Éleveurs de Cheveaux Canadiens Formed 1895, Incorporated 1905 www.lechevalcanadien.ca Canadian Icelandic Horse Federation Incorporated 1982 www.cihf.ca
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Canadian Sport Horse Association Formed 1931, Incorporated 1933 www.c-s-h-a.org/ Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Incorporated 1906 www.cthsnational.com Canadian Trakehner Horse Society Incorporated 1974 www.cantrak.on.ca
Clydesdale Horse Association of Canada Formed 1886, Incorporated 1901 www.canadianclydesdales.com Peruvian Horse Association of Canada Incorporated 1980 www.phac.ca Canadian Standardbred Horse Society Incorporated 1914 Canadian Trotting Association Formed 1938 Standardbred Canada Formed 1998 by amalgamating CSHS & CTA www.standardbredcanada.ca Canadian Hanoverian Society Formed 2008 www.hanoverianbreedersclub.com Canadian Morab Association Incorporated 2000 www.morabs.ca Irish Draught Horse Society of Canada Formed 2002 www.idhs.ca Newfoundland Pony Society Formed 1979, Declared Heritage Animal 1996 www.newfoundlandpony.com Sport Pony Canada Formed 2006 www.sportponycanada.com Welsh Pony and Cob Society of Canada Incorporated 1979 www.welshponyandcob.org
Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association Incorporated 1991 www.canadianwarmbloods.com
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Did You Know?
2The first Queen’s Plate was held in Canada in 1860. It was restricted to Thoroughbred horses bred in Upper Canada that had never won public money. As many as 4,000 people were in attendance to watch the horse Don Juan sprint to victory for owner James White.
2In 1897, the Canadian-bred “Banquo” was awarded Champion Hackney stallion in Chicago
and the Unique Environment of Canada
Canada is recognised as one of the world’s most established and most respected stakeholders in equine livestock production and equine sport participation. A tradition of superior equine husbandry has evolved in the unique environment of Canada where commitment to excellence and expertise along with dedicated breeding programs has led to an innovative industry. Because of these uniquely Canadian attributes, Canada’s breeders have produced many world-class horses throughout history. An ongoing commitment to improvements in Canadian breeding stock ensures that these attributes will continue to flourish into the future.
Key Elements for Developing Quality-bred Horses in Canada • Canada’s landmass and climate allow horses to be raised on large, open ranges in a natural, healthy environment that contributes to their overall hardiness, soundness and mental development
for owner, Senator Robert Beith, also known as the “The Hackney King of Canada”. Senator Beith was President of the Canadian Hackney Society from 1895 to 1899. • Producers regularly participate in breed inspections for pedigree breeding animals and Canada’s equine breeds are protected under the Animal Pedigree Act • Canadian breeders are educated, technologically advanced business people who have established breeding programs with the goal of exceeding quality expectations • Transportation channels for horses and reproductive technologies have enabled producers to acquire proven performance bloodlines essential to developing quality breeding stock from other regions of Canada and from other parts of the world • World-class infrastructure is in place in Canada that enables breeders, trainers, equine sport participants and others in the value chain to produce and develop Canadian-bred horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that are sought after by customers worldwide • Regulated, nationally and internationally sanctioned sport competitions enable Canadian-bred horses to be developed to international standards
2Following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the first running of the King’s Plate was won by William Hendrie’s 3-year-old filly, Lyddite.
Dancer is Canada’s most successful Canadian-bred Thoroughbred. Bred by E.P. Taylor and born at his Ontario farm called the National Stud, which in turn became Windfields Farm, the 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was named www.davelandryphoto.com Canada’s Athlete of the Year, Horse of the Year and top three-year-old in North America. As a stallion, Northern Dancer was prolific. Widely sought after, his stud fee rose to over $1 million in 1981. By 2000, his influence on the international Thoroughbred breeding industry was unparalleled. As the sire of innumerable champions on four continents, he is considered by many horsemen as the greatest of the 20th century. A Northern Dancer yearling sold for a world-record $10.2 million and he has sired 146 stakes winners. At the advanced age of 21, he attracted a $40 million offer from a French syndicate. In 2004, a remarkable 18 starters at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris had Northern Dancer’s blood in their pedigrees.
2In 1998, a decade after incorporating under the Animal Pedigree Act, the Canadian Donkey & Mule Association (CDMA) closed its Registry. Any donkey that was already registered with the CDMA was considered to be a Purebred and only a donkey with a registered sire and dam can now be registered. Donkeys with only one registered parent can be registered as percentage purebred. A foreign registered donkey must have three complete generations recorded in order for it to be given the status of Purebred by the CDMA.
Parks Canada/Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
Garou, Halifax and Americain, three prominent stallions from the Bar U Ranch. Halifax was regarded as one of the top 10 Percheron stallions of his time.
2Between 1902 and 1925, Bar U Ranch in Alberta was known internationally as a centre of horse breeding excellence and was the largest breeding operation of Percheron draft horses in the world in the early 1900s. The Bar U Ranch still exists today as a National Historic Site of Canada.
2According to the “Canada Yearbook 1918”, there were 2,866,008 horses in Canada in 1913. By 1918, that number had risen to 3,609,257.
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2 A notable breeder of sport horses
2Canadian-bred Clydesdales excelled at the 2007 World Clydesdale Show, held in
is Augustin Walch of W. Charlot Farms in Ontario. With hundreds of his farm’s Canadian-bred horses having triumphed in the show ring throughout North America, Walch has been given the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Hunter Breeder of the Year Trophy every year since 2004. Their grand prix jumper, Rio Grande, has been one of the “top 10” most successful sires in the USA for www.charlotfarm.com several years and was awarded the top hunter sire standing in North America in 2005. Three years after his death, Rio is still one of the leading hunter sires in 2010, sitting a close second place in the USEF leading sires rankings. With more than 160 horses at W. Charlot Farm, their 2010-2011 semi-retirement sale offers a unique opportunity for any serious buyer to purchase an extremely well-bred horse with some of the best bloodlines at a reasonable price right here in North America. www.charlotfarm.com
Madison, Wisconsin, including Don and Kerry Lowes’ Clydesdale mare, Keradons Camelot, who was awarded: Best of Show; Junior and Grand Champion Mare; 1st place two-year-old mare; Best mare bred and owned; and, Best Canadian-bred mare.
2Carrick, a registered Canadian Sport Horse, was bred in Ontario by breeder, Doug Dean. Carrick and his rider John Williams won the team gold medal in eventing at the 2002 World Equestrian Games. Two years later, Carrick contributed to the win of the team bronze for the USA at the 2004 Athens Olympics. John Williams’ other successful Doug Dean-bred horse is Sweepea Dean, whose sire, Cozymyn, is the son of Carrick’s sire, Cozy Commander.
2In Europe, the Canadian-bred registered Appaloosa, Good Advice, was the 2007 European, Italian and French Hunter in Hand and Hunter Under Saddle Champion. He was also awarded an international Top Ten listing and multiple points in these events and in Western Pleasure. In 2008, Good Advice was a National Champion in France in Junior Western Pleasure and All Ages Hunter Under Saddle and he earned medals at the 2008 European Championships.
2Peaceful Way was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. The all-Canadian trotting mare was bred, born and raised in Ontario. During her career she earned over $3.2 million in five racing seasons, won a record number of four O’Brien Awards as the best in Canada in her class, and was victorious 33 times in 52 starts.
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bred American Quarter Horse.” At the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games, the year Reining was first included, the Canadian-bred American Quarter Horse stallion, Pretty Much Eagle, captured the team silver medal and the individual bronze medal.
2The Equine Canada committee, Jump Canada, manages the national Jump Canada Young Horse Series which was created to encourage the development of young show jumping talent and to give Canadian breeders additional incentives to breed superior show jumping prospects. Competing on a level playing field, the horses are divided according to age and jump at a level suited to their development which allows the horses to gain valuable experience and advance to the higher levels of show jumping competition with confidence. The Series also gives prospective buyers for the hunter and jumper markets an opportunity to view a large group of prospects in a competition setting. www.equinecanada.ca
2The Sable Island horses are some
Photo by Gail, courtesy CQHA
One Hot Krymsun, AQHA’s only “Triple Crown Pleasure Winner”
2After the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) was incorporated in the USA and began registering animals in 1940, Canadians first imported AQHA-registered horses in the late 1940s to start their own breeding programs. For more than 50 years, Canada has produced exceptional American Quarter Horses and it continues to register them through the AQHA’s Stud Book and Registry (recorded as “Canadian-bred”). The Canadian Quarter Horse Association, reactivated in 2001, recognizes One Hot Krymsun as its top Canadianbred of all time, based on his performance record and prepotency as a sire. The 1999 brown Stallion was bred by Herb Best of Nova Scotia and sold to Bailey Farms of Ohio when he was a yearling. One Hot Krymsun is the AQHA’s only “Triple Crown Pleasure Winner” to date, winning AQHA World Champion titles in three different age divisions. He is also a four-time All American Congress Champion in Western Pleasure and Junior Western Riding. As a sire, One Hot Krymsun has been on the National Snaffle Bit Association’s leading sire list since 2006 and on the AQHA’s leading sire list since 2007. Most recently, he sired the 2009 AQHA World Show Superhorse, The Krymsun Kruzer, also a Canadian-
of Canada’s few surviving feral horse populations. Their habitat is the approximate 45 km long by 1.5 km wide Sable Island that is located 300 km off of the southeast Atlantic coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Descendants of horses brought to the island initially in the 1700s and intermittently in the 1800s and 1900s, they are among the few left in the world that are completely unmanaged in their wild habitat, not subject to interference at all. The number in the herd ranges from 200 to 350, depending on their survival during, primarily, the winter months, which are actually more temperate than many parts of Canada. Since 1961, the Sable Island horses have had legal protection under the Sable Island Regulations of the Canada Shipping Act. A continuous government presence on the island since 1801, initially in an effort to respond to or prevent shipwrecks, has protected the Sable Island horses from interference. Except for emergencies, no one is allowed to land on the island without permission from the Director of Maritime Services of the Canadian Coast Guard. However, the Government of Canada is considering closing the Meteorological Service of Canada stations on the island. This would effectively end government stewardship of a rare and unhampered landscape where not only wild horses are found but where a unique array of flora and other fauna inhabit harmoniously without human contact.
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2The Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association will host the 16th Annual Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale on October 16–17, 2010. The weekend includes demonstrations and try-outs of the horses, a Gala Showcase and an offering at auction of some of the finest Warmblood horses bred in Canada. www.fallclassicsale.com
2Abdullah, one of the most successful USA team show jumping horses, had his origins in Canada. The 2009 inductee into the US Show Jumping Hall of Fame and winner of the team gold and individual silver medals at the 1984 Olympic Games, and the 1985 World Cup Champion and team gold medalist at the 1986 World Championships in Aachen, was born on the Galten Farm in Unionville, Ontario. Renowned Canadian breeders of Trakehners and Thoroughbreds, the Schickedanz dynasty has been breeding horses for more than 200 years, first in Lithuania and now in Canada. Back in 1970, Gerhard Schickedanz imported the Trakehner mare, Abiza, who was in foal, resulting in the birth of Abdullah on Canadian soil. When he was three years old he was sold to Sue and Terry Williams, and the rest is history. Abiza herself became a prolific producer of sport horses that excelled in eventing, show jumping, dressage and hunter, and included Aita, a member of the Canadian Show Jumping Team, Archie, a speed horse ridden by legendary Ian Millar, Apache, a dressage horse ridden by Jacqueline Brooks, and Amiego, who was ridden by Peter Gray for the Bermudan Eventing Team at the 1987 Pan American Games.
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2History was made at the 149th National Stallion Show in Stirling, Scotland, in March 2010 when the Canadian-bred Clydesdale colt, Redcastle Brelee Majestic (known in Canada as Brelee Majestic Finnigan), won Reserve Champion for owners Lee Smith of Ontario and John Anderson of Scotland. The 2009 colt by the Quebec stallion, Freedom Royal Majestic, out of Smith’s dam, Brelee Princess Ainsley, was exported to Scotland after winning the title of Supreme Champion Clydesdale Foal at the 2009 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
2The Canadian Horse traces its origin to the first shipments of
2British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia were the locations of the 2009 Irish Draught Courtesy of Donna Wyatt
2The Wyatt family has spent more than 80 years helping to improve the Appaloosa breed in Canada. At their Wyalta Ranch near High River, Alberta, multiple generations have produced and sold many horses in Canada, the USA, Europe and New Zealand. Jim Wyatt and his wife Irene were instrumental in forming the Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada (ApHCC) in 1954. What is probably the longest established herd of registered appaloosas in Canada today, multiple generations of Wyatts have worked consistently to keep pure bloodlines alive in their breeding herd. Following in his parents’ footsteps, Syd Wyatt along with his wife Donna have been equally influential. In conjunction with their dedicated promotions in Canada, they have promoted the appaloosa at Equitana in Germany and Australia, Equine Affaire in California and at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain. Syd’s interest in the Animal Pedigree Act contributed to the appaloosa being recognized by the Canadian government and he was a long supporter of the ApHCC policy to promote the “F-level” categories in an effort to move the Canadian Appaloosa from Evolving Breed status to Distinct under the Animal Pedigree Act.
Horse Society of Canada Breed Inspections. Two inspectors from Ireland and one Canadian facilitator inspected Canadian-bred Irish Draught horses and approved 11 horses for breeding. Canadian participants were instructed on how to improve their breeding programs through the selection of mares and stallions, improve their knowledge of the conformation of Irish Draught horses and how to pick stallions to improve on conformation. Draughts with 1/8 draught can be registered but only breeding animals that physically conform to the Irish Draught standard are approved for breeding.
2The Manitoba Percheron and Belgian Club is dedicated to furthering the draft horse breeding industry in the province. In 2001, it launched the Manitoba Draft Horse Futurity in order to showcase the province’s estimated 10,000 Percheron and Belgian breeding stock. Usually, the Futurity sees 20 to 30 producers nominating 55 to 80 weanlings each fall and of those, upwards of 50% will return the following year as yearlings. In the two-year-old class, as many as 25% will return, making for the largest and toughest draft horse line classes found anywhere. In 2004, the Club hosted the World Percheron Congress.
2A total of 19 Canadian-bred horses have been shortlisted to the Canadian Equestrian Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Games in Kentucky, USA, September 25 to October 10.
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horses to New France, now known as Quebec, by King Louis XIV starting in 1665. Through a notarized contract obliging the new owners to breed the horses, maintain them, and return a foal after three years to the Intendant, by 1671, no further shipments from France were required. By 1793, the horse population had grown to approximately 14,000. Their common source, lack of cross breeding and rapid reproduction created a particular genetic group giving rise to a unique breed referred to as the “Canadien” after Canada’s confederation in 1867. In 1895, Dr. J.A. Couture founded the breed association. In 1905, the Société des Éleveurs de Cheveaux Canadiens / Canadian Horse Breeders’ Association was incorporated under the Livestock Pedigree Act of Canada. The Canadian Horse is a foundation breed of the Morgan, Standardbred and Tennessee Walking Horse breeds.
On May 15, 2009, Canada Post issued two stamps honouring the Canadian Horse and the Newfoundland Pony in recognition of their ancestors’ hard work alongside Canada’s first European settlers in the 17th century.
2The Newfoundland Pony descends from exports of British Isle ponies to what is now the east coast of Canada in the 17th and 18th centuries. Isolated on the island of Newfoundland, the ponies interbred and evolved into the Newfoundland Pony of the 21st century. Although they numbered around 12,000 in the 1970s, detrimental public practices cut the herd down to less than 100 ponies in the 1980s. Nearing extinction, a number of dedicated breeders and protection groups have been trying to preserve the pony ever since. In 1997, the Newfoundland provincial government passed the Heritage Animals Act of Newfoundland and Labrador which provides legal protection to the Newfoundland Pony, making it illegal to transport any off of the island without an export permit. Rare Breeds Canada classifies the pony as critically endangered since only approximately 250 ponies are capable of breeding. The Newfoundland Pony Society is now the public group responsible for registering, promoting and protecting the Newfoundland Pony. An effort is underway for it to be recognized by Canada’s federal government through incorporation under the Animal Pedigree Act. The Newfoundland Pony has all of the hallmarks of its ancestry but the added hardiness that the last four hundred years has exacted upon it to survive.
“Both of these animals were valued for their strength, endurance and intelligence, as well as their agreeable / social disposition” said Robert Waite, Chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee and Senior-vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility at Canada Post. “The stamps highlight the beauty of their faces, their friendly nature, their strength and their contribution to Canada.”
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Northern Dancer —— Pride of the Nation
CELEBRATING TRADITION On June 2, 1999, Canada Post released a series of commemorative postage stamps featuring four influential Canadian horses: Northern Dancer and Armbro Flight, two great racehorses, Big Ben, the legendary show jumper, and Kingsway Skoal, a renowned bucking horse. True natives of North America, horses for centuries lent their power and strength to farm work and transportation in Canada. With the advent of mechanical power, they became prized instead for their speed and specialized competitive talents. This was the first in a series of Canadian philatelic history to feature horses on their own. While focused on four particular animals honoured in Canada, this series celebrates the many great racehorses, show jumpers and rodeo horses Canada has bred and/or developed.
Pierre-Yves Pelletier of Montréal, a graphic artist well known over the years to collectors for his arresting designs, has hit the mark again with this series depicting four celebrated animals in dynamic motion. Based on sports-action photographs, the colourful images of horses rise from their faded backgrounds. Each of the horses is caught in mid-action, either bucking, jumping or racing towards the finish line. www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/personal/collecting/stamps/archives/1999/ 1999_june_horses.jsf
The Dancer, as Canadians knew him, was a feisty colt with a huge heart and true courage. Ridden by Bill Shoemaker and Bill Hartack, Northern Dancer won many great races including the Flamingo, the Preakness and Remsen Stakes. His greatest moment, however, came in the Kentucky Derby itself. Trapped along the rail at Churchill Downs for much of the race, Northern Dancer shot through an opening in the turn for home, rocketed to the lead and won by a neck. His time of 2:00 minutes was the fastest in the Derby’s 90-year history. Canadians danced in the streets. The mayor of Toronto awarded the colt the key to the city, and sportswriters voted Northern Dancer Athlete of the Year.
RCMP Musical Ride Throughout the world, the image of the red-coated Mountie in a broad-brimmed Stetson hat is instinctively associated with Canada. From the beginning of its long history, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have served Canada and its people by establishing law and order in the frontier reaches of this vast nation. Representing a colourful tradition and ceremony through the horse and the scarlet uniform, the RCMP created a spectacle known worldwide as the Musical Ride which was first performed in Regina in 1887. Over the years the popularity of the Musical Ride has grown. Today it is one of the most recognizable Canadian symbols around the world. The RCMP has bred and raised its own horses since 1939, first at the Depot Division in Regina, Saskatchewan, and today at the RCMP Breeding Farm in Pakenham, Ontario. An RCMP horse must be black, elegant, athletic and good-natured, and have enough heart and stamina to carry it through approximately 100 performances. The Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and horses and it consists of the execution of a variety of intricate figures and cavalry drill choreographed to music. www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca
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Armbro Flight When Armbro Flight retired from racing, she did so as the greatest money winning trotting mare of all time. She had established no fewer than five world records, and was three-time Canadian Horse of the Year between 1964 and 1966 - a feat no other horse since has been able to achieve. Already a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Armbro Flight was inducted into the Hall of the Immortals at the Goshen, New York Harness Racing Museum on July 4, 1999.
Big Ben When he retired in 1994, Big Ben was a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame with a staggering record of show-jumping accomplishments. He had earned more than 40 career grand-prix victories, competed in three Olympic Games, and was the first horse ever to win the World Cup Final twice. Together, Big Ben and rider Ian Millar won more than $1.5 million in prize money. They are the only horse-andrider combination to take consecutive World-Cup titles and the first to secure the World Cup by winning all three segments of the competition.
Kingsway Skoal Born on the prairie grasslands, Kingsway Skoal grew in the wild as just one of a group, but it soon became clear to the owners of the Franklin Ranch that he was remarkable. Kingsway Skoal first caught public attention during the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. Rodeo was staged as a cultural event and, during the festivities, he was awarded a special Gold Medal for his performance. That was just the start. From then on, Kingsway Skoal took every major award there is in professional rodeo. Now retired, Kingsway Skoal will long be remembered as one of the greatest Canadian horses of all time.
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IN SUPPORT OF THE CANADIAN EQUINE INDUSTRY
Royal Manitoba Winter Fair
Since receiving Royal patronage from Queen Elizabeth II in 1970, the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair hosts more than 100,000 visitors annually to world-class show jumping and heavy horse competitions, livestock sales and displays, a quality hands-on agricultural awareness program including Thru the Farm Gate, live entertainers and over 300 commercial and agricultural exhibits. www.brandonfairs.com
Each September, the Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament honours equine breeding in its own unique way. The Telus Battle of the Breeds competition is a celebration in versatility for more than 10 teams representing different breeds of equines. Consisting of four-member teams, two from each team compete in each of the Courtesy of Horse Industry Association of Alberta Battle’s five events: Compulsory Skills, Precision Driving, Jeopardy Jumping, Barrel Racing and Trail Riding. The team with the highest score is honoured as the most versatile breed. Spruce Meadows has a long tradition of breeding Hanoverians and each spring upwards of 100,000 people from around the world get a chance to name three of their foals in the CN/Sun Media Name the Foal Contest. Winners have their names etched on the foal’s stable plaque and receive a trip to the Spruce Meadows “Masters” to meet the foals. Constructed in 1973 in Calgary, Alberta, Spruce Meadows held its first equestrian tournament in 1976. It has developed into one of the world’s premier equestrian venues and was voted the world’s #1 outdoor show jumping competition venue in 2002 and 2004 (award no longer exists). In 2007, it was named a “Canadian Superbrand.” An annual stop on the competition calendars of Canada’s and the world’s top equestrian athletes, it offers superb footing, excellent course design and the best prize money in the world. Spruce Meadows hosts 500,000 visitors annually and has a stable capacity for 1,000 horses. It has a television production facility and broadcasts to over 100 countries and over 820 million viewers. www. sprucemeadows.com
Calgary Stampede Throughout Canada there are vast arrays of organizations that add support to the development of a vibrant Canadian equine community. From coast to coast to coast, the contributors are endless but the following provides a small sample of key organizations and events that bolster Canada’s equine breeding and industry sectors.
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Since its inception in 1922, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has become the world’s largest indoor agricultural and international equestrian competition. Held annually in November, the Royal draws more than 300,000 visitors to Toronto, Ontario, and is home to The Royal Horse Show, which features performance classes for multiple disciplines and in-hand line classes for numerous breeds. The RAWF is a Platinum rated show for all FEI Classes, a Gold rated show for all Hunter, Equitation, Junior Amateur Jumper, Talent Squad, CET Medal and National Jumper classes and a Silver rated show for the Hackney Horse Division, Single Hackney or Harness Pony Pleasure Driving Division, Special Hackney Horse and Hackney Pony Division, Hackney Roadster Pony Division, Harness Pony Division, Road Horse Division, Shetland Performance Division and Welsh Pleasure Driving Division as well as the breeding classes for Hackney, Sport Horse, Governor Generals Cup, Lieutenant Governors Cup, Shetland, Thoroughbred, Welsh and Sport Pony. Line classes and performance classes are also held for Percherons, Belgians and Clydesdales. New to the Royal in 2011 is the Royal Pony Auction on Sunday, November 14. www.royalfair.org
Canadian Western Agribition Rated as one of the top six shows in the world, the Canadian Western Agribition has been held in Regina, Saskatchewan, since 1971. It attracts exhibitors and 150,000 visitors from around the world annually, with upwards of 57 countries represented. It features draft horse, reining, cutting, penning and rodeo competitions along with other produce and livestock shows. www.agribition.com
Maritime Fall Fair Formerly called the Atlantic Winter Fair, which had operated since 1963, the Maritime Fall Fair has featured top show jumping competition, draft horses, western and rodeo and agriculture exhibitions since 2000. The ten-day event is held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, annually. www.maritimefallfair.com
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Calgary Stampede Opener Since its beginnings in 1912, the Calgary Stampede has continued to feature events that preserve and promote western heritage. Alongside its international rodeo, the 10-day Calgary Stampede each July runs performance competitions such as the Canadian National Miniature Horse Show, the Miniature Donkey Showcase, the Heavy Horse Show featuring classes for Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire drafts, as well equine exhibits including the Horse Haven Stables that spotlights 16 light horse equine breeds through displays and demonstrations. The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that runs the Stampede as well as year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. www.calgarystampede.com
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The Horse Breeders and Owners Conference The Horse Breeders and Owners Conference is held each January in Red Deer, Alberta, with internationallyrecognized speaking on a wide range of topics of interest to horse owners, breeders and professionals. The Horse Industry Association of Alberta (HIAA) was informally established in 1982 to act as an organizing body for the Horse Breeders & Owners Conference. Until this time, the conference had been hosted by the University of Calgary Continuing Education Department. www.albertahorseindustry.com
Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) is a Special Operating Agency within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada that regulates and supervises pari-mutuel betting on horse racing at racetracks across Canada, thereby ensuring that pari-mutuel betting is conducted in a way that is fair to the public. www.agr.ca
Filière cheval du Québec
Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association
Queen Elizabeth II congratulates Eurico Rosa da Silva on his win of the 2010 Queen’s Plate aboard Big Red Mike.
Canadian Triple Crown The Queen’s Plate kicks off the Canadian Triple Crown series, and is restricted to threeyear-old thoroughbreds foaled in Canada. In 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, were Guests of Honour at the 151st running of the Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. The series also includes the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, and the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes. www.woodbineentertainment.com/queensplate/
The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is a trade association of owners and trainers of race horses in Canada. Originally begun in 1940 as an organization to help horsemen in need, the HBPA now represents horsemen’s interests in a wide range of issues, including negotiations over regulations, prize purses, and revenues from on-track, off-track and simulcast wagering. www.hbpa.org
First established in 1992, the mission of the Filière cheval du Québec is to promote the socio-economic development of the equine industry in the French-speaking province of Quebec. In partnership with its stakeholders, it guides and helps implement development opportunities identified through its ongoing analysis. Its aims are to help stimulate activity in the various equine sectors, increase its number of strategic alliances and promote and increase the competitiveness of the province’s various products and services. www.filiere-cheval.com
Jockey Club of Canada
Bromont Olympic Horse Park
The Jockey Club of Canada was formed in 1973 to oversee thoroughbred horse racing in Canada. Based in Toronto, Ontario, the club is responsible for the annual Sovereign Awards program and the Canadian Graded Stakes Committee. www.jockeyclubcanada.com
The Bromont Olympic Horse Park in Bromont, Quebec, was the site of the 1976 Olympic Games equestrian events. It is holds many competitions annually, including International Bromont Show Jumping CSI 3*, Bromont Three Day Event CCI 3*, and Bromont International Driving FEI-CAI-A. www.centreequestrebromont.com
Caledon Equestrian Park Caledon Equestrian Park is a multi-discipline, multi-breed competition venue located in Palgrave, Ontario. The site of the 2015 Pan American Games/Para Pan American Games, the Park’s reputation for hosting world-class equestrian competition secured its position as the equestrian venue with only the cross-country portion of eventing being held off-site at nearby Will O’Wind Farm. www.equiman.com
National Driving Championship Standardbred Canada’s National Driving Championship brings regional representatives together to compete in a one-day championship to determine Canada’s representative to the World Driving Championship. The Canadian representative must beat out some of the country’s finest drivers and earn the National Driving Championship title. www.standardbredcanada.ca
Equestrian Park of Blainville Located directly in the center of the city of Blainville, Quebec, the Equestrian Park of Blainville was built in 1988. It has a spacious grand prix ring, three sand rings, and permanent and semi-permanent stabling that allow it to host competitions in show jumping, dressage, reining and western pleasure as well as clinics, fairs and pony club year round. www.parcequestreblainville.com
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame was established in 1976 at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the sport of harness and thoroughbred horse racing in Canada. The Hall of Fame annually inducts Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses, drivers, jockeys, trainers and the horse racing industry’s builders. www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com 88 — FROM MEADOWS TO MEDALS The Canadian Equine Experience
Thunderbird Show Park
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Thunderbird Show Park is one of North America’s premier equestrian facilities, located in the heart of the Fraser Valley, just footsteps from Vancouver, British Columbia. It holds multiple equestrian events throughout the year. In 2009, founders George and Dianne Tidball were inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame for their work establishing and running the facility. www.thunderbirdshowpark.com
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EQUINE HEATH CARE AND EDUCATION Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national voice for the veterinary profession dedicated to serving and representing the veterinarians of Canada. The Association is committed to excellence within the profession and to the well-being of animals. It promotes public awareness of the contribution of animals and veterinarians to society. The CVMA celebrated 60 years of leadership and commitment to the veterinary profession in 2008. www.canadianveterinarians.net
There are five accredited veterinary colleges in Canada and several schools that offer veterinary diploma and certificates for areas of studies in more junior roles:
Olds College Established in 1913 in Olds, Alberta, as Olds Agricultural College, the curriculum of the post-secondary public institution is focused on agriculture and equine studies, with programs such as Agribusiness B.App.Sc. Agricultural Management, Farrier Science, Animal Health Technology, Equine Science, Exercise Rider and Jockey Training, and Race Horse Groom Training and short courses in equine breeding. www.oldscollege.ca
• Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Calgary, Alberta) www.vet.ucalgary.ca • Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University Of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) www.usask.ca/wcvm • Ontario Veterinary College (Guelph, Ontario) www.ovc.uoguelph.ca • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Université De Montréal (Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec) www.medvet.umontreal.ca • Atlantic Veterinary College (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) www.cfavm.ca/universities/atlantic.htm
University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus Kemptville Campus was established in 1917 and is one of Ontario’s oldest agricultural colleges. Kemptville is the only University Campus in Canada offering a Bachelor’s degree in Bio-Resource Management majoring in Equine Management. www.kemptvillec.uoguelph.ca
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Did You Know?
2The Equine Foundation of Canada was established in 1983 by founder George Wade of
2In 2006, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of
Kentville, Nova Scotia. The charitable organization is devoted to the health and welfare of equines. Annually its fundraising activities contribute welcomed funds to Canada’s veterinary colleges and bursaries to veterinary students specializing in equine studies. www.equinefoundation.ca
Saskatchewan received $1.07 million for its equine and companion animal health programs and a fund raising incentive from the Heather Ryan and L. David Dubé Veterinary Health and Research Fund, a charitable foundation. Between 2006 and 2011, WCVM will direct $750,000 of the gift towards supporting major, collaborative research projects that focus on critical issues in equine health, $125,000 to boost the college’s Equine Health Research Fund and Companion Animal Health Fund and $70,000 towards the establishment of two scholarships for undergraduate veterinary students. In addition, Ryan and Dubé pledged to “match” any new donations up to $100,000 annually over the five years. http://blogs.usask.ca/EHRF/ about_us/
2Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal showed that using the commercially available ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) progesterone test can be reliably and economically employed by veterinarians managing mares with irregular estrous cycles, silent estrus, to supplement rectal and ultrasound findings, in high-risk pregnancies, during embryo transfer, and in other situations to maximize reproductive efficiency. The study, “Accuracy of a rapid enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to measure progesterone in mares,” was published in the August 2007 edition of the Canadian Veterinary Journal. Source: TheHorse.com
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2Following the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) approval of funding, Equine Canada completed the National Equine Industry Traceability Readiness Study in August 2010. It is one of two research and data gathering exercises that are being conducted to assist in the planning and development process for a national equine identification and traceability program and help to ensure that the resulting system reflects the unique needs and practices of the Canadian equine industry. The funding approval followed an AAFC announcement in July 2009 that detailed the commitment of the Government of Canada to develop a comprehensive national traceability system for livestock and poultry to be implemented by 2011 in order to assist governments and industry in limiting the economic effect of animal health, plant health, food safety and other emergencies and to proactively gain access to foreign markets requiring traceability. www.equinecanada.ca and www.agr.gc.ca/cb/index_e.php?s1=n&s2= 2009&page=n90710a
2The Appaloosa Project is a research initiative being conducted by a team of researchers from Canada and the USA that is designed to investigate the nature of Appaloosa genetics. The goal is to identify and isolate the main genes responsible for Appaloosa patterning, and to investigate key physical traits associated with these genes. In the summer of 2010, Horse Health Lines (University of Saskatchewan) reported that a new study published by scientists from the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Tampa shows the role of a single gene in causing leopard complex spotting and congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) in Appaloosa horses. www.appaloosaproject.info
2Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of horses, the Equine Research Centre at the University of Guelph was founded in 2003. It focuses on research, education and training, performance, healthcare and industry development. “These roles support the horse throughout its lifespan by providing a comprehensive continuum of care that optimizes health, addresses performance issues and fully supports the diagnosis and treatment of sick and injured horses.” A sample of the research projects in 2010-2011 include: Evaluation of anatomic, inter-horse and geographic variation in the equine gastrointestinal microflora; Arrhythmia and Sudden Death in Thoroughbred Racehorses; Molecular mechanisms of prostaglandin-induced embryonic loss in mares; and Intravascular Assessment of the Pulmonary Artery Haemodynamics. www.equineguelph.ca
2Equine Canada will lead the effort by stakeholders across Canada and across all equine sectors to update the 1998 Code of Practice for Horses. Between 2010 and 2014, the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), working with the secretariat support of the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC), will contribute a portion of the Government of Canada’s investment of $3.4 million to advance animal care and well-being in the farmed animal sector towards updating the Code of Practice for Horses. Equine Canada advocates the humane treatment of all horses and believes that the equine industry and horse owners have a responsibility to provide humane care throughout the life of the horse. Without exception, horses will benefit from the equine sector’s commitment to work together to update care and handling guidelines. The updated Code of Practice for Horses will provide an educational tool to assist in improving a horse’s quality of life from birth through death. www.nfacc.ca and www.equinecanada.ca
Equine Canada is proud to support our Canadian Athletes. We wish you great success at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Courtesy of Donna Wyatt
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FOREWORD FROM RECREATION DIVISION
The Recreation Division of Equine Canada was established during the restructure from the Canadian Equestrian Federation to Equine Canada. The Council uniquely bears the responsibility to supervise and co-ordinate all Equine Canada programs, services and activities relating to non-competitive enjoyment of horses.
The aims and objectives for recreation are to provide safety and welfare for horse and rider. We are advocates for the use of equestrian trails from coast to coast to coast with the cooperation of the trail building community.
With the introduction of a $5 membership fee this year, Equine Canada has launched a new series of recreational programs. Working with Horse Council British Columbia (HCBC), the first new program was to invite British Columbia recreational groups to apply for grants for projects that would benefit recreational and trail riders in the province. The response was outstanding and applications were received for over $100,000 in projects. “It is fantastic that Equine Canada is finally in a position to support recreational programs,” said Equine Canada President, Mike Gallagher. “I want to thank Horse Council British Columbia for their commitment to getting this first major project off the ground.” The following projects received a total of $26,000 in funding:
One of the Recreations Division’s best known activities is an event called Horse Week. Held annually, Horse Week serves to promote and celebrate Canada’s thriving horse industry. A wide range of activities are held across the country, including trail rides, horse shows, charity events and open houses to allow horse enthusiasts and the public alike to celebrate horses!
The Sooke Saddle Club will create a Trail Riders’ Rest Area created in William Simmons Memorial Park, which forms the hub of a proposed network of multi-use trails for the Otter Point area of southern Vancouver Island. The rest area will feature a hitching rail, a mounting block, a manure bin, picnic table, and signs to allow safe crossing of Otter Point Road.
We are working to increase our membership by providing new programs such as stable accreditation, horse transport, and recreation equine tourism.
The Yarrow Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of British Columbia has undertaken the creation of a horse camp adjacent to the Manning Park Resort. The grant will allow them to prepare the location for five horse camp sites in a fenced enclosure with access to the popular recreational trails in Manning Park. (This is a major project that will take several years to complete fully, but the ultimate goal is to have hitching rails, picnic tables, fire pits and corrals at the site.)
The Recreation Division recognizes that all competitive equestrians got their start in a recreational capacity. We send wishes of good luck and health to all of our athletes representing Canada at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Jack deWit Chair, Equine Canada Recreation Division Council
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Equine Canada Launches New Recreational Program with First Series of Grants
The Bouchie Lake Gymkhana Club will receive a grant that will supply a portion of the funds required to create a new warm up and dressage arena for the facility. The Endurance Riders Association of British Columbia has a ride camp on the Coutlee Plateau near Merritt and their grant will help with restoration and to bring a much-needed water line into the camp. The Powell River Trail Riders Club applied for funding towards improving their indoor arena footing. North Vancouver Island Horse Association received a grant to help fund the installation of livestock pens at the Comox Valley Fairgrounds. HCBC Industry Committee applied for funding to host a Jennifer Woods Horse Hauling course at the 2011 Equine Industry Conference in Kelowna. Slocan Valley Outriders Association applied for funding to replace wooden stalls at their facility with metal panel stalls. The Sointula Riding Club will purchase round pen panels and erect bleachers for their riding arena, the only community riding ring in the area. “British Columbia is the first of our partnering provinces to launch this new national initiative. We are delighted that we will soon be rolling out similar grants in the Yukon, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick, nourishing grassroots equestrianism from coast to coast to coast,” said Equine Canada CEO, Akaash Maharaj.
The Okanagan Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of British Columbia has been given a grant to partially fund the purchase of corral panels that will triple the capacity for overnight camping at the site.
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21999: Interested citizens from Smoky Lake to Heinsburg (approx. 150 km) applied for society status as Riverland Recreational Trail Society with the objective of building a trail from Fort Saskatchewan to the Saskatchewan border, north of the North Saskatchewan River.
22000: The first sections of the Trans Canada Trail officially opened. 22003: Equine Canada releases the Equine Canada: Trail Planning Kit - Volume 1.1.
21960: The Powell River Trail Riders Club of British Columbia built a community- 21987: The concept of a regional trails network in Central Alberta can be traced riding arena in 1960; today the arena is still heavily used by all equestrian disciplines and groups, including therapeutic riding. The arena will receive funds in 2010 from the Equine Canada /Horse Counsel British Columbia Recreation and Industry grant to improve the footing in the facility.
21973: The Great Pine Ridge Trail was mapped and ridden by equestrians from the Trent River in the eastern part of Ontario to the Niagara Escarpment in the west.
21974: Ontario Trail Riders Association lobbied the Ontario provincial government and was granted the first highway underpass for equestrian use when the upgrading of Hwy. 28 near Bewdley, Ontario.
21980: A group of Ontario trail riders explore the Rosseau-Nippissing colonization road (circa 1860) and the Seguin Trail near Parry Sound, Ontario. These trails were originally rail lines converted to recreational trails. Also the Canadian National (CN) Rail Line was discontinued between Elk Point and Heinsburg, Alberta was discontinued. People began using the 34 km corridor as an informal trail.
21984: July 24, marked Canada’s Bicentennial year. In celebration a grand parade styled trail ride called “A Journey into Yesterday” was planned, spanning over 500 miles. The journey began at Georgian Bay with an Ojibway runner and at the Ottawa River with a parade of horses and carriages and ended at the Niagara Escarpment with the Parade of Horses.
21986: Ontario Trail Riders Association addressed the Haliburton County Council and encouraged them to look at the development of the Lindsay to Haliburton rail trail. The Council acted on this proposal and today the rail line is a recreational trail.
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back to at least 1987 with the completion of Waskasoo Park in Red Deer, Alberta.
21988: Jim McCrae, a founding member of the Back Country Horsemen of British Columbia completed his solo ride of the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to British Columbia.
21989: Since 1989 Endurance Riders Association of British Columbia has been
The kit was compiled to serve as an information source to aid riders in their search for that perfect trail! It also touched upon what process is need to establish a trail in a certain province, as well as the economic impact of the creation of trails for equestrian riders has on the community. Also Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail officially opens and receives building funds from the Canadian Tourism Commission.
22005: The provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan celebrated their centennial in 2005.
using and maintaining a ride camp on the Coutlee Plateau near Merritt, British Columbia, with help from the Nicola Valley ATV club and the Back Country Horsemen.
Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail was a major feature of the Alberta - Saskatchewan centennial celebrations with a flag relay connecting communities from Edmonton to Regina. A CD has been produced highlighting the celebration.
21990: The Ontario Trail Counsel and the University of Waterloo, Ontario Trail
22008: The Trail Locator was developed by Trans Canada Trail with the generous
Riders Association hosted successful workshops on “Protecting and Managing Abandoned Railway Right-of-Ways for Conservation and Recreation”.
21991: Back Country Horsemen Society of British Columbia (BCHBC) received official “Not for Profit” status on June 11, 1991.
21992: Initiated in 1992 as a project to celebrate Canada’s 125th year, the Trans Canada Trail is the world’s longest network of multi-use recreational trails. When completed, it will stretch 22,000 kilometers from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Oceans, through every province and territory, linking over 1000 communities and more than 33 million Canadians.
21993: Marked the 100th anniversary of Algonquin Park and an eight-day ride was held from the St. Lawrence River along the Hastings Rail Trail to Algonquin Park. Funds were raised to help finance the building of bridges on the Algonquin trails for equestrian use.
support of Bell Canada; this online application provides GPS information to trail users including equestrians. The information can be easily downloaded to hand held devices.
22009: Red Deer County purchased the Mintlaw railway trestle across the Red Deer River and the abandoned Alberta Central Railway between the bridge and Sylvan Lake for possible future use as a trail.
22010: Slocan Valley Outriders Association of British Columbia, applied for funding to replace old deteriorated wooden stalls at their facility with metal panel stalls to house horses safely during equestrian events. The facility is also used as temporary stabling for riders using the nearby Slocan Valley Rail Trail, a 50 km non-motorized trail, part of the Spirit of 2010 Trail Network developed by Tourism BC. The Equine Canada / Horse Council British Columbia Recreation and Industry grant funding will allow the stall renovation project to begin.
22017: Looking to the future it is estimated that the Trans Canada Trail will be completed as a continuous route from coast to coast to coast by 2017, the 25th anniversary of the Trail and Canada’s 150th anniversary. To date there are 6,500 kilometers of Trail left to develop.
Equi-Tourism: Visit Canada on Horse Back When the world thinks of Canada, it dreams about glorious mountain ranges, wide open spaces, and breath taking wilderness. While there are many ways to tour Canada, seeing it on horseback gives travelers a world of extraordinary experiences and opportunities. Whether you are captivated by the idea of seeing Canada’s wildlife undisturbed in its natural habitat while astride a trusted new friend, or you crave the adventure of being part of the working ranch life style and signing up for a cattle drive through lush valleys, Canadians from coast to coast to coast have been offering vacation opportunities on horse back for decades. The option to ride on holiday is often not just a choice of leisure, but also offers an eco-friendly vacation opportunity to anyone who would prefer to leave hoof prints rather then their carbon footprints behind. Trails can be enjoyed for a day, or for those wanting more adventure, you can choose to sign up for longer rides through all sorts of Canadian landscapes depending on the province and region of Canada that you decide to visit. For more information, visit the Canadian Tourism Commission’s website www.canada.travel/splash.en.html www.istockphoto.com/David Dawson
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RIDING THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL Historically, Canada’s Railway was the lifeline that joined a young and developing country together. The first Canadian railroad charter belonged to the Champlain and St. Lawrence Railroad granted on February 25, 1832.
FOREWORD FROM PROVINCES DIVISION
The Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CPR) final spike was driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway at Craigellachie, British Columbia at 9:22 am on November 7, 1885. “The Last Spike” signaled the completion of the CPR, the most famous of Canada’s railway lines, and still remains today a symbol of national unity in Canada, even though the railway construction to the west was not completed until 1915.
On behalf of the Provinces Division of Equine Canada, welcome! As independent, affiliated Equestrian organizations, the Division represents the diversity of Canadian equestrian activities. We are brought together by the welfare of the horse, and our work for sport, agriculture, equine breeds and industry. Within Equine Canada’s Provinces Division all 11 affiliated Provinces and Territories have the chance to share best practices, work on common concerns, and resolve common issues. We share a common philosophy that the welfare of the horse is paramount in all we do.
As early as the 1955 railway use in Canada began to decline, by the 1980’s many of the once vibrant through fares for Canadian trade and travel were left idle, and railway companies began to sell off their property holdings to municipalities, counties, and private interests.
Each Provincial affiliate mirrors the work Equine Canada does on a federal level within its own province. From working with back country enthusiasts and guides, to assisting competition organizers and growing grassroots recreational involvement in equine activities, the Provincial and Territorial Equestrian Federations and Horse Councils are the voice of the grassroots members. Within each province, we work with Provincial Agriculture Ministries on projects including Premise Identification, emergency preparation and transportation for horse owners and disease control. We work with Provincial Sport Ministries to ensure funding for horse sport related programs such as coaching and competitions and with Tourism to grow access and facilities for riders in the many parks and public lands.
In 1992 a dream to give new life to these abandoned railway lines was born. As part of Canada’s 125th birthday celebrations, the Trans Canada Trail project was born. The Trans Canada Trail today is made up of close to 400 individual trails, each with unique and varied features. This contributes to the diversity and grandeur of the Trans Canada Trail. For day trips or multi-day adventures, the Trail offers countless opportunities to explore and discover the vast Canadian landscapes, and wilderness. The Trans Canada Trail is one of the largest volunteer projects ever undertaken in Canada building trails from Newfoundland to Nunavut. It is estimated that the trail, which will span some 22,000 kilometers, will be completed sometime in 2017.
Global Positioning System information through the Trans Canada Trail website. Online since 2008 all trails completed to date have been mapped, with their coordinates available for print or to be downloaded onto hand held devices.
In August 2000, Prince Edward Island became the first province in Canada to complete its section of the Trans Canada Trail. The aptly named Confederation Trail was developed on abandoned railway lines and journeys along dramatic coastline and sparkling rivers, through hardwood groves and quaint villages.
Many provincial and local trail riding associations have contributed to the Trans Canada Trail to ensure that they remain open to equestrians and that they are developed with equestrian amenities.
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Regions Along with all our members, we will be watching the Canadian Equestrian Team and cheering them on as they represent our country. We wish every athlete the “ride of their life” at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and congratulate them on their achievements thus far. Sarah Bradley Chair, Equine Canada Provinces Division Council
To learn more about the Trans Canada Trail, or to access the GPS Locater to map out your next ride please visit www.tctrail.ca.
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ALBERTA Equine Canada-sanctioned events:
• Bronze level competitions: There were a total of 52 sanctioned competitions at this level with the majority being hunter/ jumper competitions. There were a total of 126 days of competition for this level in this province. • Silver level competitions: There were a total of six sanctioned competitions at this level, the majority of them being hunter/ jumper competitions. There were a total of 17 days of competition for this level in this province. • Gold level competitions: There were a total of 33 sanctioned competitions at this level with the majority being hunter/ jumper competitions. There were a total of 120 days of competition for this level in this province. • Platinum level competitions: There were seven sanctioned events at this level. The majority of these were hunter/ jumper. These were held at Amberlea Meadows and Spruce Meadows. There were a total of 32 days of competition for this level in this province.
Equine-Focused Education • University of Calgary and Olds College offer equine veterinary programs • Grand Prairie Regional College Fairview Campus, offers Animal Heath Technology Course • Lakeland College, offers Animal Health Tech • Northern Alberta Institute of Tech, offers Animal Health Tech • University of Lethbridge, offers Veterinary Medicine Provincial Sport Association • Alberta Equestrian Federation www.albertaequestrian.com
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Alberta 4 H Provincial Equine Advisory Committee Alberta Carriage Driving Association Alberta Country Vacations Association Alberta Dressage Association Alberta Equestrian Vaulting Association Alberta Fjord Horse Association Alberta Friesian Horse Association Alberta Horse Improvement Program Alberta Horse Trials Association Alberta Miniature Chuckwagon Racing Association Alberta Morgan Horse Club Alberta Percheron Club Alberta Pony Clubs Alberta Shire Club Alberta Standardbred Horse Association
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Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Alberta Walking Horse Association Alix Agricultural Society American Saddlebred Horse Association of Alberta Appaloosa Horse Association of Alberta Aurora Horse Association Banff Light Horse Association, Black Diamond Polo Club Blackfoot Trail Riders, Blindman 4 H Light Horse Club Bow Vally Riding Association Calgary Arabian Horse Association Calgary Regional Appaloosa Club, Calgary Regional Trail Riders, Calgary Western Riders Canadian Fjord Horse Association Canadian Horse Association Canadian Sport Horse Association Central Alberta Adult Riding Co-Operative Central Alberta Special Equestrians Association Cochrane Horse Trials Committee Cold Lake 4-H Stampeders Light Horse Club Cooking Lake Saddle Club Edmonton Area Alberta Dressage Association Equine Foundation of Canada Foothills Therapeutic Riding Association Fort Calgary Wheel and Runner Association Friends of Alberta North Region Pony Clubs Fun Country Riding Club of Strathmore Garden Valley Pony Club Giddy Up Go…Little Hooves…Big Hearts, Equine Assisted Therapy Grand Prairie Gymkhana Club Hastings Lake Pleasure Horse Association High Country Carriage Driving Club Horse Industry Association of Alberta Horse Industry Association of Canada Hot Spots Regional Appaloosa Club Irish Draught Horse Society of Canada Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association Meadow Creek Vaulting Club Northern Trails Riding Club, Opening Gates Therapeutic Riding Society of Calgary Over Fences Parkland Area Alberta Dressage Association Parkland Harness Club Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society Peace River Agricultural Society Performance Standardbreds Reining Canada Rocky Ridge Horse Riding Club
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• Society of Tilt and Lance Cavalry • Southern Trail Riders Association, • Spruce View Gymkhana Club • St. Paul Musical Riders • Steele’s Scouts Commemorative Troop Association • Stone Bridge Carriage Driving Club • Strathcona Arabian Horse Association • Tennessee Walking Horse Association of Western Canada • The Calgary Hunt Club • Triple R Riding Club • Uplift Therapeutic Riding Association • Valleyview and Districts Ag Society • Welsh Pony and Cob society of Alberta • Welsh Show Association • Western Canadian Miniature Horse Club • Whitemud Equine Learning Center Association, • Wild Horses of Alberta Society
BRITISH COLUMBIA Equine Canada-sanctioned events:
• Bronze level competitions: There were a total 71 of sanctioned competitions at this level with the majority being dressage competitions. There were a total of 160 days of competition for this province in the bronze level. • Silver level competitions: There were a total of eight sanctioned competitions at this level, the majority of them being breed competitions. There were a total of 26 days of competition for this level in this province. • Gold level competitions: There were a total of 35 sanctioned competitions at this level with the majority being dressage competitions. There were a total of 106 days of competition for this level in this province. • Platinum level competitions: There were three sanctioned events at this level. These were all hunter/jumper competitions and held at Thunderbird Show Park. There were a total of 15 days of competition for this level in this province.
Equine-Related Education • Queen Margaret’s School offers equine-related programs.
Number of Horses • According to the government of British Columbia there are approximately 53,000 horses in the province. Provincial Sport Association • Horse Council of British Columbia www.hcbc.ca Associations • American Quarter Horse Association • Arabian Horse Association of BC • Back Country Horsemen Society of British Columbia • BC 4-H Council • BC Agriculture Council • BC Agriculture in the Classroom • BC Agriculture Labour Market and Skills Development Initiative • BC Barrel Racing Association • BC Canadian Horse Association • BC Competitive Trail Riders Association • BC High School Rodeo Association • BC Lower Mainland Pony Club • BC Quarter Horse Association • BC Rodeo Association • BC Team Roping Association • BC Welsh Pony and Cob Association • Canadian Icelandic Horse Federation • Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (BC Division) • Cariboo Draft Horse and Driving Association • Draft Horse and Mule Association of BC • Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Association • Horse Council of British Columbia • Inland Draft and Teamsters • Little Britches Rodeo • Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association • Northern BC Quarter Horse Association • Oberlander Draft Horse Association • Percheron Breeders of BC • South Central BC Quarter Horse Association • The Harness and Hame Association • Valley Draft Horse Club • Vancouver Island Quarter Horse Association • Western Canadian Farriers Association • Yellowhead Draft Horse Association
MANITOBA Equine Canada-sanctioned events:
• Bronze level competitions: There were a total of 21 sanctioned competitions at this level with the majority being hunter/ jumper competitions. There were a total of 45 competition days in this province at this level. • Silver level competitions: There were a total of six sanctioned competitions at this level, the majority of them being Horse Trial competitions. There were a
total of 10 competition days in this province at this level. • Gold level competitions: There were a total of seven sanctioned competitions at this level with the majority being dressage competitions. There were a total of 19 competition days in this province at this level. • Platinum level competitions: There were no sanctioned events at this level.
Equine-Related Education • University of Manitoba, offers Animal Sciences • University of Winnipeg, offers Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Number of Horses • The government of Manitoba states that there are currently 12,000 pleasure horses some of which are quarter horses used in ranging and about 800 racing horses.
Provincial Sport Association • Manitoba Horse Council www.manitobahorsecouncil.ca
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Canadian Fjord Horse Association Canadian Pony Club Canadian Western Horse Association Central Canada Reining Horse Association Distance Riders of Manitoba Association Dressage Winnipeg Heartland Rodeo Association Keystone Welsh Pony and Cob Association Manitoba Appaloosa Horse Club Manitoba Cutting Horse Association Manitoba Driving Society Manitoba Horse Breeders Association Manitoba Hunter Jumper Association Manitoba Paint Horse Club Manitoba Quarter Horse Association Manitoba Team Cattle Penning Association Manitoba Trail Riding Club Manitoba Trakehner Horse Society Manitoba Welsh Pony and Cob Association Portage Horse Club Sprucewoods Rodeo Club
NEW BRUNSWICK Equine Canada-sanctioned events:
• Bronze level competitions: There were a total of 11 sanctioned competitions at this level with the majority being hunter/ jumper competitions. There were a total of 15 competition days in this province at this level.
• Silver level competitions: There were a total of four sanctioned competitions at this level, all of them being breed competitions. There were a total of six competition days in this province at this level. • Gold level competitions: There were a total of 10 sanctioned competitions at this level with the majority being dressage competitions. There were a total of 19 competition days in this province at this level. • Platinum level competitions: There were no sanctioned events at this level.
Provincial Sport Association • New Brunswick Equestrian Association www.nbea.ca
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Atlantic Canada Arabian Horse Association Atlantic Canada Trail Riding Association Atlantic Quarter Horse Youth Association Baie Verte Horse Club Canadian Horse Breeders Association- Atlantic District Club D’equitation Nordet Equestrian Trails & Shows Association Fundy Trail 4-H Greater Moncton Equestrian Club Hampton Driving Club Hooves-n-Paws 4 H Light Horse Maritime Barrel Racing Association Maritime Paint Horse Club Maritime Quarter Horse Association Maritime Quarter Horse Youth Association NB Codiac Reiners New Brunswick Appaloosa Horse Club New Brunswick Draft Horse Association New Brunswick Quarter Horse Association New Brunswick Therapeutic Riding Association Recreational Equine Organization South Eastern CADORA Southern NB Cattle Penning Club St. Croix Equestrian Association VADG CADORA Valley CADORA
NEWFOUNDLAND Equine Canada-sanctioned events:
• In 2009 Newfoundland held six bronze level competitions, the majority being general performance. This accounted for nine days of competition. They held no silver, gold or platinum competitions.
Number of Horses
• The last federal reporting was done in 2006 with 77 farms reporting a total of 286 horses.
Provincial Sport Association • Newfoundland Equestrian Federation www.horsenewfoundland.com
Associations • Atlantic Canada Trail Riding Association • Canadian Horse Breeders Association- Atlantic District • Centaur Equestrian Club • Newfoundland CADORA • Newfoundland Pony Society • Nova Scotia/ Newfoundland Regional Pony Club
NOVA SCOTIA Equine Canada-sanctioned events:
• Bronze level competitions: In 2009 there were 17 sanctioned competitions at this level. The majority of shows were hunter and jumper classes. There were a total of 20 competition days in this province at this level. • Silver level competitions: In 2009 there were three sanctioned competitions at this level. The majority of the classes were dressage classes. There were a total of four competition days in this province at this level. • Gold level competitions: In 2009 there where 20 sanctioned competitions at this level. The majority of the shows were hunter and jumper classes. There were a total of 44 competition days in this province at this level.
Equine-Related Education • Acadia University provides Pre-Veterinary training. • Nova Scotia Agricultural College, offers programs in Veterinary Technology, Animal Science, PreVeterinary Medicine and a Technology Diploma in Enterprise Management specialization equine.
Provincial Sport Association • Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation – www. horsenovascotia.ca
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101 Reiners Club All for Horses Association Annapolis Valley Harness Club Appaloosa Horse Club of Nova Scotia Arabian Horse Association of Eastern Canada Atlantic Canada Arabian Horse Association Atlantic Canada Trail Riding Association Canadian Horse Breeders Association- Atlantic District
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Cape Breton Western Riders Association Central Nova Horse & Pony Association Corridor Horse & Pony Society Eastern Stock Horse Association Maritime Barrel Racing Association Maritime Quarter Horse Association Maritime Quarter Horse Youth Association Morgan Horse Club of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia CADORA Nova Scotia Driving Society Nova Scotia Hunter Jumper Association Nova Scotia Reining Horse Association Riders Interested in Dressage & English Riding South Shore Reiners Association Southwestern Riders Association
ONTARIO Equine Canada-sanctioned events:
• Bronze level competitions: there were 159 competitions at this level. The majority of the competitions were hunter jumper. There were a total of 250 competition days in this province at this level. • Silver level competitions: There were 114 sanctioned competitions at this level. The majority of them were hunter/ jumper. There were a total of 202 competition days in this province at this level.-• Gold level competitions: There were 55 sanctioned competitions at this level. The majority of them were Dressage. There were a total of 139 competition days in this province at this level. • Platinum Level Events: There were seven sanctioned competitions at this level. The majority were hunter/ jumper. The locations were North Caladon Equestrian Park, Nepean National Equestrian Park, Halton Place, Exhibition Place Toronto. There were a total of 37 competition days in this province at this level.
Equine-Related Education • University of Guelph offers Equine Science Certificate, Diploma in Equine Studies, Certificate in Equine Business Management, Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management (BBRM) Equine Management, Associate Diploma in Agriculture – Equine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Veterinary Technology Diploma, Performance Horse Handler Certificate
Number of Horses • The Ontario Equestrian Federation estimates there are 375,000 horses in Ontario placing the province as the 4th largest horse industry in North America.
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Provincial Sport Association • Ontario Equestrian Federation www.horse.on.ca
Associations • Arabian Horse Association of Eastern Canada • Canadian Dressage Owners and Riders Association Ontario • Canadian Pony Club Central Ontario Region, • Canadian Pony Club St. Lawrence Ottawa Valley Region • Canadian Road Horse Association • Canadian Sport Horse Association Ontario • Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society • Central Canada Paso Fino Horses Association • Central Ontario Pleasure Driving Association • Clydesdale Horse Association of Canada • Eastern Ontario Pleasure Driving Society • Eastern Regional Clydesdale Association • Equine Research Center • Gaited Horse Group of Ontario • Hanoverian Breeders Club of Eastern Canada • Heaven Can Wait Equine Rescue • Miniature Horse Club of Ontario • Ontario Barrel Racing Association • Ontario Belgian Horse Association • Ontario Combined /driving Association • Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association • Ontario Cutting Horse Association • Ontario Farriers Association • Ontario Friesian Horse Association • Ontario Hackney Association • Ontario Harness Horse Association • Ontario High School Rodeo Association • Ontario Horse Trials Association • Ontario Hunter Jumper Association • Ontario Icelandic Horse Association • Ontario Morgan Horse Club • Ontario Paint Horse Club • Ontario Percheron Horse Association • Ontario Quarter Horse Association • Ontario Reining Horse Association • Ontario Rodeo Association • Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association • Ontario Trail Riders Association, • Ottawa Valley Light Horse Association • S.A.D Horse Rescue • The American Saddle Horse Association of Ontario • Tri-County Carriage Association • Trillium Hunter/Jumper Association • United Ontario Appaloosa Horse Council • Upper Canada District Canadian Horse Breeders • Welsh Pony and Cob Association of Ontario
PRINCE EWARD ISLAND Equine Canada-sanctioned events:
• PEI held seven Gold shows in the 2009 competition season with the majority being dressage competitions. This accounted for 13 days of competition for the province. • The province held two silver horse trials, accounting for two days of competition.
Equine-Related Education • Prince Edward Island is home to the Atlantic Veterinary College housed in the University of PEI. Provincial Sport Association • Island Horse Council www.islandhorsecouncil.ca
Associations • Atlantic Canada Trail Riding Association • Atlantic Reining Horse Association • Canadian Horse Breeders Association- Atlantic District • Charlottetown Pony Club • Dressage PEI • Horse Trials PEI • Maritime Barrel Racing Association • Maritime Paint Horse Association • Maritime Quarter Horse Association • Maritime Quarter Horse Youth Association • PEI CADORA • PEI Horse Council • PEI Miniature Horse Association • PEI Sport Horse Breeders • PEI Team Penning Inc. • Prince Edward Island Draft Horse Association • Prince Edward Island Equine Retirement Society • Sport Prince Edward Island • Western Horse Association
QUÉBEC Equine Canada-sanctioned events: • Bronze level competitions: In 2009 there were 81 sanctioned competitions at this level. The majority of shows were hunter and jumper classes. There were a total 105 of competition days in this province at this level. • Silver level competitions: In 2009 there were two sanctioned competitions at this level. The competitions were horse trials. There were a total of six competition days in this province at this level. • Gold level competitions: In 2009 there where 22 sanctioned competitions at this level. The majority of the shows were hunter and jumper classes or dressage classes. There were a total of 74 competition days in this province at this level.
• Platinum level competitions: In 2009 there were eight sanctioned competitions at this level. The majority were either hunter/ jumper or dressage classes. The major locations were Blainville, Bromont and Beaulieu. There were a total of 36 competition days in this province at this level.
Equine-Related Education • University of Montreal offers a veterinary medicine programs.
Provincial Sport Association • Fédération équestre du Québec www.feq.qc.ca
Provincial Recreation Association • Québec à cheval www.cheval.qc.ca
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Association du Paint Horse du Quebec Association Quebecoise Reining Canadian Pony Club Federation Francais D’Equitation L’Association Quebecoise Quarter Horse Performance Equestrian Quebec Performance Quebec
SASKATCHEWAN Equine Canada-sanctioned events: • Bronze level competitions: There were 10 sanctioned competitions at this level. The majority were hunter/ jumper. There were a total of 15 days of competition for this level in this province. • Silver level competitions: There were two sanctioned competitions at this level. One was breed and the other was hunter/ jumper. There were a total of eight days of competition for this level in this province. • Gold level competitions: There were three sanctioned competitions at this level. They were all dressage competitions. There were a total of five days of competition for this level in this province. • Platinum level competitions: There were no sanctioned competitions at this level.
Equine-Related Education • Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Number of horses in the Provence • Saskatchewan Horse Federation reports 115,000 horses as of 2009.
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Dancing Hooves Dressage Association Regina Therapeutic Riding Association Region 17 Arabian Horse Association Saskatchewan Amateur Quarter Horse association Saskatchewan Appaloosa Horse Club Saskatchewan Appaloosa Racing Association Saskatchewan Arabian Horse Association Saskatchewan Arabian Horse Association Saskatchewan Barrel Racing Association Saskatchewan Clydesdale Association Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association Saskatchewan Draft Horse Association Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Association Saskatchewan Morgan Horse Association Saskatchewan Morgan Horse Club Saskatchewan Paint horse Club Saskatchewan Peruvian Horse Club Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association Saskatchewan Reined Cowhorse Association Saskatchewan Reining Horse Association Saskatchewan Stakes and Futurities Associations Saskatchewan Standardbred Horsemens Association • Saskatchewan Working Teamsters Association • Saskatoon Quarter Horse Association • Welsh pony and Cob society of Saskatchewan
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YUKON • Equine Association of Yukon • Yukon Horse and Rider Association www.yhra.ca
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